Emmanuel students have a longstanding reputation of going above and beyond to fulfill their expectations and achieving their goals. History and secondary education double major Emily Solup '16 is just one example of the talented and driven students that make up the history department. Solup, who also served as a research assistant for Assistant Professor of History Jeffrey Fortin, was invited in the summer of 2015 to participate in a graduate course at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. This course explored the field of maritime studies and employed some of the top historians in the field. Alongside doctoral candidates at Cornell and a visiting scholar from Chile, Solup researched topics in environmental history, ecology, gender studies and race relations in the maritime sphere.
Near tragedy struck for the young historian during a climb on the rigging of the Joseph Conrad, a 111-foot-long Dutch training ship owned by Mystic Seaport and built in Copenhagen in 1882. Solup suffered a nearly-40-foot fall off of the ship and into the salty harbor water below. With initial paralysis in her dominant arm, she managed to stay positive about the situation.
"I guess I really didn't want to climb down anyways," she joked. "Overall I had an excellent experience at the Seaport, and I hope to return in the future to complete the seminar portion of the graduate course." Showing her resilience and ability to persevere in the wake of unfortunate circumstances, Solup began her student teaching practicum at Fenway High School in the fall of 2015 and presented a Distinction in the Field project on Anti-Semitism in Poland this spring.