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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
July 5, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Testimonial: Madelaine Morrison

I thoroughly enjoyed my studies as a student in the Department of History at Laurier. Lectures were always entertaining; going to class was like going to hear a storyteller, except that the tales were even better for having actually happened.  I loved learning about Mary Queen of Scots, Napoleon, Catherine the Great, and all the other great thinkers and doers of the past.  My professors usually made the extra effort to add dashes of entertainment to our classroom diet.  I will never forget the time that one of my professors pretended to be a Revolutionary Frenchman, parading around the classroom aisle with an invisible pitchfork ready to confront royalist guards!

From an academic standpoint, the Laurier history programme is exceptional for its focus on small discussion groups.  From first year right up until graduation, students were given the chance to discuss and debate with each other in friendly, supportive classroom environments. These sessions really helped prepare me for graduate school, where oral participation forms a large component of one’s grade.  Furthermore, the smaller class sizes at Laurier ensured that almost all of my instructors knew me as an individual and not a number.  Many of them transcended the role of teacher to become trusted mentors, offering advice and support long after I left the campus.  These are the reasons why, two degrees and two universities later, Laurier continues to hold a special place in my heart.

Madelaine Morrison, Doctoral Candidate, Canada Graduate Scholarship Winner, Carleton University