Emma Sollitt | St. Lawrence University History

Emma Sollitt

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Photo of Emma Sollitt wearing graduation cap and gown

Class year: 
2020
Major(s): 
History/African Studies
Hometown: 
Jackson, Wyoming
Activities: 
Commons College Co-President, Club Hockey, Outdoor Program Guide, Climbing Wall staff member, Library Research Assistant

Emma, who says she has "always been fascinated by history," became interested in African studies in a course she took in high school.  A semester in Kenya during her sophomore year contributed to her combined major.  She returned to Kenya in the summer of her junior year to conduct archival research and to interview working-class women in Nairobi, which provided material for her senior honors thesis.  She found "the independence that my individual research experience gave me" especially rewarding, including "speaking face-to-face with people I would later write about."  She believes that "understanding the past is the only way to build a constructive future."  "Since COVID-19 upended my post-graduation plans, I'm now looking to apply to fellowships (Fulbright, etc.) for the upcoming year," she reports.   "Other than that, I am back at home in Jackson, Wyoming, making the most of family time!"

Study Abroad: 
Kenya