IMG_8029Nathan Dyck is a former student at St. Joseph’s. In 2015, Nathan graduated as class valedictorian and is now attending the University of Ottawa for a double major in political science and history.

“I am really enjoying my time at uOttawa because of how full my schedule is with stuff I genuinely love doing.”

Nathan keeps busy with work, studying, friends, and networking. He is pictured here speaking at model parliament in the House of Commons.

In his second year of university he worked part-time on Parliament Hill, volunteering in the office of an MP, but didn’t feel it was the right fit.

During the summer of his second year Nathan worked full time in the office of an Ottawa City Councillor as a writer and legislative assistant, learning that he really enjoyed the more hands-on municipal politics.

Nathan is currently in his third year of school, working in a co-op position as a research assistant in the history branch of Parks Canada. The job involves supporting the historians in submitting designation reports to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. He also writes This Week in History on the Parks website.

“There’s never a dull moment in Ottawa if you take the initiative to get involved with as much as you can. This is something I learned during my time in the tightly knit community of St. Joe’s, where I was always encouraged to get involved with a diverse set of extra-curricular activities, while still prioritizing studies.”

At St. Joseph’s Nathan played drums with Jazz Band and Blues Guys, while also playing on the basketball team. He still tries his best to continue these activities when he can.  

Nathan is now working on the publication and presentation of a paper on Dutch neutrality in the First World War for the uOttawa history faculty undergraduate academic journal. He will be presenting the paper at a conference on March 23rd and the journal should launch by the end of April.

“To any SJHS students wanting to pursue a similar university program: take advantage of any resume-boosters, program-related organizations, networking opportunities and co-op programs on your campus. If your schedule is filled with these things you will find out if you actually like your potential career much sooner than those who simply go to class and go home.”

After university, Nathan hopes to be accepted to a Master’s program for further studies in history.