John Curle

John Curle
Plattsburgh, NY

I’m an example of a student who came to school undecided as to what I
would like to study, then took one history class at St. Lawrence and realized
that I had found my calling. The insight that I have gained through all of my
classes has been absolutely invaluable and I can only attribute that to a
faculty who are always more than willing to help and an advisor who bends over
backwards for me. The history department exemplifies the liberal arts
philosophy by focusing on more aspects of history than simply ‘what happened.’ I
have learned about how the past influences how we live today in ways that I
would never have expected; it really is fascinating. As far as the work that I
have done in history is concerned, I recently completed a SLU Fellowship, which
is a summer research opportunity awarded to students who have found a subject
about which they are passionate. The research that I completed this summer
involved investigating questions surrounding Abraham Lincoln and his views and
actions regarding emancipation. The work that I did only served to reinforce my
love of history and I really am looking forward to completing my career as a
St. Lawrence history major.