As you get older and you enter university, you start realizing that people immediately judge you depending on what you're studying. It's one of the first questions you get asked when you meet someone, whether it's your fellow students or your significant other's parents, the same question inevitably gets asked: "So, what program are you in?"
That's when the generalizations and the generic statements about your academic career choice start pouring in. The struggles and realities of being a history student are very real, and here are some of the ones we have to deal with on a regular basis.
1. The reading is endless
When people ask me if I read, I usually like to answer: "I've paid my dues, I studied history". A program where so much reading is assigned, you feel like you cannot absorb another word of information. One class I took had 2 thick textbooks, 1 course pack and 5 regular books to get through in a single semester.
2. "What was your first choice?"
When you tell people you're studying history, people usually assume you applied for something else, didn't get accepted chose history as a backup plan. The most annoying part about this statement is that 90% they're right.
3. "So you're going to be a teacher?"
When you study history, you quickly realize your career paths are limited. Sometimes it feels like we study history in order to churn out a new generation of history teachers. Seems like a pretty pointless cycle. So you're either stuck doing that or you can join the big exciting world of Archiving. Good luck.
4. The pressure to know everything
Everyone always assumes you remember every important date in history. Whenever a debate breaks out they turn to you and say: "You should know this, you studies this, right?"
5. You can't appreciate movies that take place in the past
How can you enjoy a movie if you're too busy pointing out all the historical inaccuracies?
6. You become an expert bullshitter
The key to any good history paper is simple. Pick any historical date or event, search Google Scholar for academic papers on the same time period. Rehash what someone else said and use them as a footnote to back up you "original theory". Done! You can literally say anything as long as someone else said it first.
7. You live in the library
You know all the best spots to get some peace and quiet, you know where all the relevant books are (probably better than the librarian). You know where the bathrooms are hidden and you know the best corners to catch a quick nap.
8. You know way too much about the Nazis
I'm not sure how, but everything always come back to the Nazis. Studying a country in Europe? Nazis. Studying the rise to power of any leader? Let's compare him to Hitler. Studying ancient Egypt, look at all those swastika hieroglyphics.
9. You are the bibliography master
What do you expect when your bibliography is longer than your paper?
10. You can decipher any hand writing
After 2 years of reading crappy photocopies of handwritten historical documents, doctors' notes seem like elegant calligraphy in comparison.
The Greenhound Canada Foundation, an ecological advocacy group, will be hosting this free-to-attend market at Leaves House Café McGill from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting on September 18.
This series of markets is "part of Greenhound Foundation's campaign to support mental wellness and community connectedness through plants and nature," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The funds raised from the market will go towards supporting community projects and the development of a "healing garden" in Montreal.
The market this weekend will host creators such as Les Filles Plantées, Ivkaforest, MTL Creation Boutique, MTLA Studio, Soft Earth Forest Therapy, and desputeaux+aubin (creators of Caillou). There will be something for everyone!
Montreal has been ranked the ninth-best city for students in the world, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education network that analyzes education throughout the world. It tied with Boston and Paris for ninth place.
The city fell three spots in the 2022 best student city ranking compared to 2019, going from number six to number nine.
London and Munich made up the top two student cities in the world while Seoul and Tokyo tied for third.
In order to be considered in the best student cities ranking, cities must have a population of over 250,000 people and be home to at least two universities featured in the QS world university rankings. Montreal currently has three: McGill University, Université de Montréal and Concordia University.
Although Montreal's affordability is competitive compared to many cities in the world — including Toronto and Vancouver — it ranked 52nd for affordability, according to QS. The affordability ranking is based on tuition fees, retail prices, an iPad pricing index, and the city's cost of living.
Montreal ranked 10th in the world for the QS student view ranking, which is based on the student experience in the city and the proportion of students who would remain living in the city post-graduation.
QS cited a friendly student environment and a world-class education as Montreal's main attractions for students across the globe.
By evaluating six metrics — "transparency in government," "transparency in society," "transparency in economy," "civic honesty," "perception of theft" and "car dealer reviews" — the company put our fine city in 54th place out of 350 cities included in the study.
A McGill spokesperson told MTL Blog, "Given that the recent incident exacerbated existing damage to the sculpture, it has been removed for repair and restoration. Whether, following this work, the sculpture will return to its current site is not yet determined."
We were further told that "as part of its Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism, the University is committed to exploring its historic record." This action plan pledged an investment of $15 million over five years to address racism and develop better representation in both the faculty and student community.
An investigation regarding the statue's vandalism is currently ongoing, the results of which will decide whether the statue will be returned to its current site or be relocated elsewhere.