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Do you have questions about selecting a History Major, Joint Honours or Minor degree plan? Talk to a Peer Advisor!

Peer Advisors are upper-year History students who have experienced many of the same things you are experiencing and are trained to answer your questions about how to select a Major or Joint Honours, what you need to Major in History, and how to do well in your History classes. Peer Advisors are available from September through April. If you have questions about PATH, please email hist.undergrad@queensu.ca

Appointments are closed for the 2023-2024 academic year. The 2024-2025 PATH team will be available for appointments starting in September. 

Interesting in becoming a PATH advisor? Email hist.undergrad@queensu.ca for details on how to apply. 

PATH Alumni

An image of Arianne in a dress shirt presenting at the Inquiry @ Queen's ConferenceArianne Ettehadieh (BAH '24) 

Volunteering as a PATH Advisor has to be one of my favourite memories from my time at Queen's. Speaking to younger students about potentially pursuing a history degree was great fun. I saw myself in the various students I talked to. Knowing the valuable interpersonal skills one gains from a history degree was something I liked to emphasize in my conversations with students. Critical thinking, writing, research, and communication skills apply to every facet of life! I will miss the history department and the fascinating courses and discussions we were encouraged to have with our peers and professors. I am eager to see a new cohort of students take advantage of the wonderful internship and research opportunities that brought me and every other history student I spoke to closer to the Queen's and Kingston communities. So long, PATH!


An image of a young woman with curly hair smiling in the eveningHaley Allen (BAH '24) 

I decided to become a PATH advisor in order to help first and second year students discover their passion for History. I also wanted to help promote the internship, study abroad, and seminar course opportunities offered through the History Department. My favourite part of being a PATH advisor was connecting with students and watching them select a degree plan which they previously had not considered for themselves. My favourite aspect of my History degree at Queen's University was my HIST212 internship at Beyond Classrooms Kingston; this internship allowed me to gain practical experiences in the field of historical teaching and hone my organizational, project management, and collaboration skills. After graduation, I will be entering my final year as a Bachelor of Education student. From there, my plan is to become a high school History and English teacher, eventually getting my Masters of Education.


An image of a young man with dark hair in a dark green collared shirt smilingMassimo Recupero (BAH '24)

I chose to become a PATH advisor as it allowed me to combine my love of education and history! Supporting prospective History students at Queen's was highly rewarding as an aspiring educator. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a History student and am grateful for the opportunity to share some of the experiences that made my degree so special with first-year students. My favourite part of my History degree at Queen's was the ample course offerings; no matter what area of History you are interested in, the Department is sure to offer a class for you! I was able to tailor my courses towards social history, with an emphasis on the history of race, gender, and sexuality. I will be starting my Bachelor of Education year in September to become a History and Drama teacher, and look forward to incorporating all that I have learned in my future studies and teaching practice! I also look forward to furthering my experience with mentorship programming as the Student Experience Office Mentorship Programs Student Lead this summer.


An image of Emily Viau smiling in a red shirt with an evening sky in the backgroundEmily Viau (BAH '22)

My experience as a History student has been amazing! There are so many options when it comes to courses and I really felt like I was learning about topics I was truly interested in. I absolutely love the seminars offered in upper years. I feel I learn so much more and am more engaged with the course content than in lecture. I enjoyed how rewarding seminars were when contributing to discussion. Because the classes are smaller, I also had the opportunity to build connections with my professors and utilize office hours to improve my papers. I chose to be a PATH advisor because I wanted other students to know how spectacular the history program at Queen's is and wanted to make an impact by helping first year students select their degree plan. Being a PATH advisor is extremely rewarding. I felt like I was helping every student I talked with and they seemed to really enjoy and benefit from hearing about my experiences as a history student. In this role I was able to improve my communication and leadership skills and being on a team improved my creativity and collaboration skills, all which will be essential for any future career. I am now pursuing a Master's in Cultural Studies here at Queen's, applying what I've learned in my undergrad to another field to further my knowledge and focus my research.


An image of Sarah Lewis smiling in a pink turtleneckSarah Lewis (BAH '22)

I completed my degree majoring in History with a Political Studies minor. In first year, I really enjoyed my History courses and decided to major in it. HIST 121 Intellectual Origins and HIST 122 Making of the Modern World were my favourite courses in my first year.

In my third year, I chose to become a PATH advisor because I had an upper year history mentor in my first year and I found it really helpful. I think it is rewarding to be able to offer your knowledge to first year students as well as create a sense of community within History. My favourite part of my History degree was attending seminars and specifically learning about Russian history. I am hoping to continue within history by pursing a Master’s Degree.


An image of Rachel Minor smiling with a treed backgroundRachel Minor (BAH '22)

I chose to become a PATH advisor because I wanted to help first year students have an easier transition to the upper year history program, and to provide them with a lot of information. I enjoyed meeting the different students, the other members of PATH, and working with the faculty members who assist us. My favourite part of my history degree at Queen’s was being able to take a wide variety of courses, the extracurricular learning activities, and how understanding and knowledgeable the professors were in each class. My plans after graduation is to do the Bachelor of Education, and become a high school History teacher.


An image of Kaitlyn Cloutier smiling in a pink dressKaitlyn Cloutier (BAH 22')

After taking my first history class at Queen's, I knew that I wanted to be a history major. During my fourth year, I made the decision to become more involved with the department and it was such a rewarding experience. The department is so welcoming and made the anxiety around taking on a new role fade away. Being a member of PATH gave me valuable experience that I have taken into my graduate career, if you have the chance to become a peer mentor I could not recommend it enough. I met so many amazing individuals through the program and felt a sense of pride in being able to help first and second year students decide that history was the subject for them. The department offers such a wide range of courses, and I still wish it had been possible to take them all. There is something in the history department for everyone, so if you have the chance to get involved in PATH or become a history major -- take it! You won't regret it.


Image of Michael Romagnuolo smilingMichael Romagnuolo (BAH '21)

Being a PATH advisor afforded me the opportunity to share the experiences and know-how that I gained during my time at Queen's with other History students that sought certain knowledge, tips, and tricks in order to make the most out of their degree. I would recommend all History students to consider joining PATH as it is an incredibly fulfilling position that helps the program flourish. My favourite part of my History degree was being able to hone in on specific historical topics such as the Italian Renaissance. Learning about subject matters that interested me through the combination of large lecture courses and smaller seminars greatly enhanced my reading, writing, and communication skills, a set of skills that will surely serve me well as I pursue a career in law after graduation.


Image of Kathleen Ferns smiling on a balconyKathleen Ferns (BAH '21)

I loved every minute of my History major at Queen's. It was great to be able to take discussion-based seminars on topics that really suited my interests, and to meet other like-minded students. In my third year, I joined the new PATH initiative because I wanted to help students see all the benefits of studying history and to really make the most of their degree. Now that I have graduated, I am taking a year to work and will then be applying for Master of Divinity programs at seminaries!


Image of Josh Weisenberg-Vincent in a tieJosh Weisenberg-Vincent (BAH '20)

I was an undergraduate student at Queen’s University from 2016-2020. At the end of my first year, I decided to major in history and minor in sociology. Although I enjoyed lectures, I found that seminars allowed for more creativity with the assignments. My favourite part of my undergraduate degree was writing my HIST 515 undergraduate thesis in my fourth year, where I engaged with debates about slavery and capitalism. During my final year as an undergraduate student, I was an advisor for the inaugural Peer Advising Team in History (PATH) in 2019-2020. I wanted to engage with the history department more in my final year, so I thought that PATH would be a good step towards helping students understand the ins-and-outs of a history degree. Moreover, I thought the premise of the project was great, as I myself would have talked to PATH advisors had it existed when I was a first- or second-year student. Although I only advised a couple students, I was glad they reached out and was happy to help. Currently, I am completing a Master’s Degree in history here at Queen’s, and I hope to continue my studies in history after completing my MA thesis.


Arianne Ettehadieh (BAH '24) 

Emily Nagy (BAH '24) 

Patricia Roussel (BAH '24) 

Spencer Dearborn (BAH '24) 

Rhianna Grove (BAH '24) 

Brenden Currie (BAH '23) 

Willem Rosenberg (BAH '23)

Bria Crosby (BAH '20)

Michael Ciomyk (BAH '20)

Emma Schwichtenberg (BAH '20)

Grace Armstrong (BAH '19)

 

 

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