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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 26, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Graduate Testimonial: Nathan Alexander

During my time as an MA student at Laurier, I was fortunate to be surrounded by engaging faculty, supportive staff, and friendly fellow students. Faculty with a diverse range of interests introduced me to new topics and new ways of thinking. Through hashing over difficult issues within small group seminars, I improved my ability to think critically and to put my ideas into words. Challenging writing assignments further enhanced my ability to gather a lot of information and distil it into a succinct piece of writing with a clear and persuasive argument.

The ability to express myself in speaking and writing has benefitted me during my time as an English teacher in South Korea. The MA has also been a stepping-stone for me as Iíve gone on to pursue a PhD at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Furthermore, the issues I engaged with while studying at Laurier, in my case the development of racism and colonialism, have helped me to make better sense of the world today. If you want to understand something about the modern world, youíve got to know the history behind it.

Nathan Alexander, Doctoral Candidate in History, University of St Andrews, Scotland