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Willem Nesbitt

Degrees:Bachelor of Arts Honours Major in History

What is your favourite thing about the program?

My favourite thing about Carleton’s history program was the range of different topics available to study. During my 5 years as an undergraduate, I was able to take courses ranging from topics on ancient literature to medieval aristocratic life, Indigenous Canadian history to the history of pandemics, Middle Eastern history to the history of witchcraft, and much, much more. I learned so much about areas of history I never knew existed, and feel incredibly lucky to have been in such a great program.

What will you miss the most?

I’ll miss the downtime on campus in-between classes. Whether it was grabbing a poutine or burrito at the caf, doing some quiet reading in the quad or down by the river, or hanging out and chatting with classmates and friends until our next class started, I’ll dearly miss Carleton’s wonderful campus spaces.

What is your favourite reading/book/text from the program?

A tough question, given how many readings I had to do throughout the program! One that sticks out to me comes from HIST 4101 – Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe with Doctor David Dean, in which the main text we studied was “The Trial of Temple Anneke” by Peter A. Morton. A collection of annotated primary documents from a 17th century witchcraft trial in Germany, this book was incredibly fascinating and rewarding to study.

What’s next for you?

Through Carleton’s Co-op program I was fortunate enough to land a position with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada – a position that has lead to a full-time position within the branch now that I’ve graduated! I’ll be spending the next year or so working full-time there, and after that, well, who knows!