Hi, I’m Laurence Claussen! I recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a master’s degree in Political Science. During graduate school I also worked for eight months as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate students. Before that I received my bachelor’s in History at the University of Aberdeen. At Aberdeen I wrote my dissertation on the origins of WWI – this paper won my university’s prize for best history dissertation and is currently scheduled for publication in an anthology on the subject.
I grew up in South-Asia, East-Africa, and Germany, and accordingly spent all my early years in the international school system. I therefore identify strongly as a third-culture-kid and enjoy exchanging diverse perspectives.
Contextualizing education and passing on lived-experience is deeply fulfilling. My time as a teacher helped me realize this, as did volunteering to speak to students at my former-high school. I believe that most students are never properly guided on how to succeed or why academia matters. With my students, I never pretend to be an instructor with all the answers. Instead, I value practical and personalized advice on success in the classroom and beyond it.
Besides history and politics, I specialize in academic writing, IB preparation, study habits, organizational skills, and how to thrive in the British and Canadian university systems.
I am German-American; I speak English as my first language and German as my second.