My name is Laura and I am a student of history and digital media. Weird, I know.
History, classical history in particular, has always been a love of mine. Ever since middle school I have been fascinated with the ancient world. History is more than just dates and names it is a fascinating narrative of people. Why digital media then? Well I also enjoy movies, video games, and new gadgets. I spend a lot of time exploring new technology and applications. It may stem from my love of science fiction, a genre which combines the rich narrative of history with technology; and of course a little imagination.
The future and the past don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Innovation doesn’t happen overnight. New technologies are the product of old thought. Understanding what has come before can help you better innovate.
When I started university I had no idea history was something you could major in. I started in psychology which I quickly discovered was not the subject for me. Despite the numerous lectures on how impractical classical studies was as a major I decided to pursue it. It was a fantastic opportunity to study what I love, meet great new people, and travel. My degree helped me develop some key stills like analytical thinking, research, narrative building, and language skills. I was lucky enough to be involved with a terrific student body and travel to broaden my understanding of classical history.
I graduated in 2011 from the University of Waterloo with a Joint Honours degree in Classical History, Ancient History and Archaeology Specialization, and Anthropology. I enjoyed ancient history and physical anthropology because it gave me an appreciation of the past. I gained analytical skills. Studying history also improved my research skills as well as my writing skills. The most important thing though was the ability to tell stories. Good narrative is key to developing products and brands.
After I graduated I wanted to continue my education. When looking at masters programs I had many avenues to pursue, however, I decided to use my experience in digital anthropology to move my studies towards digital media. As much as I love classical history the quickly evolving world of online communities and content posed interesting new challenges for me.
I graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Digital Experience Innovation. My anthropology degree introduced me to digital anthropology which is a board field encompassing online societies and culture as well as how people use technology. I applied to this new program at the University of Waterloo because I was interested in exploring how people use technology. I got a lot more than I expected, this masters has helped me develop skills in online marketing, user experience research, and project management. I have had the opportunity to work on projects with organizations such as the Stratford Festival and Open Text. I am now working in Toronto with The Vitality Depot. I have played an integral part in relaunching the companies eCommerce platform and continue to contribute content to elevate its brand.
Travel is my favourite hobby. I have lived in 3 different countries growing up and as an adult I love to travel to new places. I do my best to plan new adventures every year and have thus far been very lucky to travel extensively. I have explored Europe, Australia, Israel, Turkey, Israel, the west coast of the US, southern Africa and plan to do so much more in the future.
I am a PADI advanced open water certified SCUBA diver. I love the feeling you get when you first plunge into the water, it is exhilarating. It is also amazing to visit cool new worlds underwater; places a lot of people wouldn’t necessarily get to see.
I am also an avid gamer, PC & PS4. Shooters and action adventure titles are usually want I play. Nothing decompresses me like a few rounds of Call of Duty.
You can check out some of my trips over on Flickr but here are some highlights: