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History Comes Alive at UQ

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Week 7,
Term One, 2017

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Recently, the Senior Ancient and Modern History students ventured to the University of Queensland in Brisbane to sample a taste of tertiary life. We left early and made a day of it, taking in all that University life has to offer. The first thing we noticed is how amazing and huge the campus is.

The Great Court was awe-inspiring with its sandstone pillars and sense of history, but being the dedicated students we are, we spent most of our time during the day in the Humanities Library. We all had chosen different topics – the Ancient historians among us were working on topics pertaining to the Crusades, while the Modern historians were studying World War One.

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The sources, databases and books on offer in the Humanities Library are extensive and none of us had any problems filling our day with research, reading and annotating. As University students for the day, we got to take drinks up to the study area we were working in, have lunch in one of a variety of eateries, cafés and pizzerias and generally do a bit of exploring. We were spoilt for choice as far as books to help with research and completed a huge amount during this invaluable time.

We didn’t want to miss the opportunity provided and, being our final year of schooling, really savoured the taste of what next year had in store for us. Most of us mentioned that it seems very different from Senior School, so chances to put into practice what we’ve learned in the last few years is not to be missed. It’s amazing the amount that can be accomplished in one day when you can focus on one subject. Some of us study both history subjects as the criteria and types of assessment are identical, with only the topics being different. The History Departments in Classics and Ancient History and Modern History seem vibrant centres of learning and it certainly made some of us contemplate career paths for the future. One thing is certain – we were all there because we’re passionate about History and what it can teach us about the present and future!

Our thanks go to our History teachers, Ms Hudson and Mr Walther for organising such a great day for us.

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