James Marks

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  • James Marks

Certificate in University Preparation

Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in English and European Union Studies

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History

UC was James’ first choice in university, and after completing a Certificate in University Preparation to begin his studies, there was no hesitation in choosing his major subject.

‘I have always had a deep love of history, so I was glad to find that they offered History as a subject and degree at Canterbury,’ he says. ‘I enjoy the wide range of courses that are all on offer at Canterbury; I’ve taken courses on New Zealand, American, European and Japanese history, and I also enjoy the company of my fellow students and lecturers, who are all deeply interested in history as I am.’

His initial undergraduate study choices included English and European Union Studies, which were inspired by his creative writing hobby.

‘I am interested in learning about all eras of human history, especially Ancient Rome and the Second World War, along with creative writing, which allows me to use my love of history to create characters, plots and scenarios.’

Outside of study, James also gets involved with the UC History Society and has ‘found it very fun and sociable, meeting others who are as interested in history as I am’.

James has also made the most of the Disability Resources Service team to gain extra support completing his degrees.

‘The Disability Resources Service has been a great help to me during my time at Canterbury; they have helped me in regards to special conditions for my exams, helping me if I had any problems with my courses and also the submission dates for my essays and other assignments - the DRS has also provided personal help when I have felt overwhelmed by my courses and workload.’

From the support that he has had with his own study, James encourages other students to seek advice where needed to make the most of being at Uni.

‘I would say that you have to come prepared for the huge amount of information you will take in during your lectures, and if you are struggling, please do not be afraid to ask your lecturer for help with anything.’

He plans to continue on into postgraduate studies for a more in-depth look at specific areas in History.

‘My goals are to hopefully gain employment as a researcher, since that has been my strongpoint with History at high school and university,’ he says.

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