Liberal Arts student finds community at Marianopolis

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Marianopolis Liberal Arts students turned out in full force at Concordia University to cheer on their classmate Meghan Couture as she presented a paper alongside university professors and graduate and undergraduate students.

The second-year Liberal Arts student’s presentation was based on work she did on propaganda and World War I for her research paper in the course Post-Classical History II, taught by Dr. Dolores Chew.

“What was really enjoyable about the course is that we could tailor our research to any subject or topic during World War I and Professor Chew encouraged us to focus our topics through a particular angle,” said Meghan, who came to the College from Villa Maria High School. “For example, instead of writing my paper about propaganda and what it is, I studied about how propaganda framed masculine and feminine roles to maximize productivity during the war.”

“The class, and this project in particular, really helped me grasp historical concepts and understand how to write, research and develop a paper academically. Professor Chew helped every student during the semester long project, whether it be by giving a bit of direction in our research, correcting errors or giving tips to help develop the paper — even helping me with the proposal I submitted to Concordia. Her engagement and interest with the subject matter she teaches motivated me immensely, and is representative of what Liberal Arts is like at the College — caring professors in a stimulating environment.”

Meghan is also vice president of the Marianopolis Student Union (MSU), a position to which her fellow students elected her, as well as a position that gives her a seat on the Marianopolis Board of Governors.

“Serving at a high level of the institution is both a privilege and characteristic of the College: student engagement at Marianopolis is encouraged and supported at every level. For instance, students were telling us at MSU about a desire to connect with alumni, so we reached out to the Alumni Office and they helped us put together a career day, where graduates talked to us about their academic and professional paths. Personally, I think it is important for students to be in touch with alumni because they provide perspective. They can share their stories about Marianopolis and provide current students with a perspective on what their community has to offer outside the school setting.”

“Speaking as a student and not an organizer of the event, meeting alumni at Career Day was an opportunity to start networking with people who work in the field I’d like to pursue, relate to them and evaluate where I am now to where they are and how they’ve progressed — am I prepared to do what they do? Should I consider new activities or specific jobs?”

“For some, alumni provide a sense of security, that once they leave Marianopolis, they’ll find success in their respective fields; and for others it is an opportunity to understand the advantages of taking on extracurriculars or being in a specific program in terms of their own professional development.”

“Above all, it fosters a broader sense of community, that the Marianopolis experience extends beyond two years in a school and far beyond only the students we meet during those two years.”