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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
December 21, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Graduate Testimonial: Randy Wakelam



There were several great things about doing grad studies at Laurier.  The first was the people, both in the department and in the grad studies office.  It was pretty clear to me that they were committed to ensuring that I had all the help I needed to succeed, both as a growing historian and in managing university rules and regulations.  I enjoyed having access to profs from three departments – in terms of breadth of offering it felt like being at a much bigger university.  Finally I really appreciated the programme’s willingness to take on a mature student.  Those in charge were willing to give me a chance – something that I had not encountered elsewhere.

While in the programme I was able to publish a significant number of my research papers and even a couple of the historiographic studies.  I was also able to present at a number of conferences.  The overall effect of those extra papers was that I got more experience in presenting and a longer CV, and those things helped in the long run when I did find a position to apply for.

Dr. Randy Wakelam, Assistant Professor, History, Royal Military College