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History MA Graduate News

Posted on 7 December 2015

MA in Early Modern History graduate, Alysha Smith tells us about her exciting new position as an Arts and Culture Coordinator in Canada.

Alysha Smith2

After finishing my MA in Early Modern History, a most wonderful year in York, I moved back home to Canada. I was fortunate enough to find a job which utilized skills from my post-secondary education, something not every new graduate achieves immediately, so I am always thankful that I was able to attain such a well-rounded education at home and in the UK that helped me land my job.

I am now the Arts and Culture Coordinator for the town of Coaldale, a small town about 2.5 hours away from the city where I grew up, Calgary, Alberta.  I do a wealth of exciting things with history, culture and the arts in my position including museum programming at the Gem of the West Museum, our cultural heritage hub and historic site, exhibit redevelopment planning, historical and cultural lectures and presentations, some of which I get to research and present, others I work with university students to help them present, planning large town events including our Canada Day celebrations, and an opportunity to get creative with our arts related events and activities. My education at the University of York coupled with many of the amazing experiences I had during my year in the UK and, of course, back home, have helped me to already be successful in my very engaging and exciting position almost one year later.