Postcard from Tamara Haddad

18 Sept 2012

Greetings from the University of Kent! I am writing to you from Canterbury, the famed destination of Chaucer’s pilgrims and where I am a second-year PhD student studying medieval drama. Being at Kent has given me many great opportunities to work with researchers across various disciplines, including visiting lecturers at the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. With London just under an hour away, I have been able to conduct research at the British Library as well as attend and present my research at several conferences in London and other major European cities – the latest includes the Medieval English Theatre conference in Oxford.

I completed my BA (Hons.) at the University of Calgary and decided to stay for my MA because of the very supportive faculty and vibrant student community in the English Department. I joined the Free Exchange organizing committee and gave papers at the annual conference, a rare opportunity for many graduate students. I also had a chance to TA for an Undergraduate course – unusual at the MA level – and the endless funding possibilities available from the English Department and the Graduate Student Association meant that I could travel to England for part of my MA research. These factors and many more contributed to my successful application to Kent and I would encourage prospective students to consider the University of Calgary for Undergraduate or Graduate studies.