Rosie Jacobs talks about fourth year

A day in the life

Rosie Jacobs talks about fourth year


I’d always wanted to go to Halifax, ever since I was 12. I was going to transfer to UBC, but then I thought: maybe it would be fun to go to the other coast.

Tales of discovery and new words


Rosie Jacobs remembers filling out an application for UBC when it occurred to her: I could really just go anywhere I want.

Then she thought: I’ve always wanted to go to Halifax. She looked at courses listed on the Dalhousie English Department’s website, saw plenty she wanted to take, and moved here from her native Vancouver.

Four years later, Rosie recalls the paths in her English degree that enabled her literary interests to flourish and a gentle obsession for words and grammar to grow.

There was the course was called Oppositional Archives, where students look at how writers use cities in Canadian literature as a kind of people’s archive of stories to collectively challenge the history of Canada.

“I loved that course. I feel like I learned so much,” she says. “You learn a lot of good buzzwords like 'Archiveology,' which is always fun to drop in a paper.”

And in her Writing Practice course, they talked about grammar in detail. “Which is good,” she says, "I was glad to have that background.”

“I love grammar,” she says, shamelessly. “I work at the Writing Centre as a tutor. I think it’s important that people know how to use punctuation properly and effectively.”

It was an easy move from there to become an Assistant Editor for Verso, the department’s new undergraduate academic journal, where she copy edited and helped select articles.

“It turned out really well,” she says proudly. “We had a lot of submissions this year. It’s kind of exciting that in our third year we had about 20 submissions.”

Her own writing prospered, too. This year, she presented a paper on The Canterbury Tales at the Honours Colloquium and wrote and illustrated a postmodern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood in her Fairy Tales class.

Rosie plans to go to law school, which in her mind perfectly marries her love of language to her other passion: politics.