Pete Clancey

Pete Clancey
Canadian Studies
Sherborn, MA

My historical interests range from modern Canadian history to Central and Eastern European history. I studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic fall 2009. While there I witnessed a society still emerging from the tight grip of the past communist government. My classes focused on the societies and cultures under communism, as well as communist revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe. Prague is beautifully preserved with a rich and dark history. I was lucky enough to be in Prague for the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia. On the weekends I did a lot of traveling to various locations in Europe. My favorite trip was to Krakow, Poland. Krakow is a beautiful city with a lot of culture and history. From Krakow I traveled to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps for an experience I will never forget. My group even got the chance to meet and speak to a man who survived the camps when he was a child. Studying abroad in Europe was an incredible experience.

For the fall 2010 semester I decided to study abroad again in Thailand with a group of St. Lawrence students at Payap University in Chiang Mai. Senior spring I hope to do an independent project somehow linking my abroad experiences. Following graduation I would like to continue my travels and possibly live abroad teaching English. Eventually I hope to reach graduate school but I would like to travel and work to see where my interests really lie.