Student Profile: Chanel Deschamps

Chanel DeschampsArriving at Drury from Ontario, Canada, Chanel Deschamps embraced her Medieval and Renaissance studies minor.  With a major in Art History, Chanel broadened her academic experience studying medieval Europe, the black death, and French literature. “I think the medieval period is quite fascinating. It is a large period enriched by so much history, and there are a lot of misconceptions, ” she offers. In spring 2015 Chanel chose to study at Regent’s University in London through Drury’s affiliated programs. Visiting the Tower of London with King Henry VIII’s armor and the crown jewels was a highlight, as was Christ Church in Oxford.  Among her travels outside England, she viewed the Book of Kells in Dublin, Ireland, and explored the “adorable” medieval town of Bruges, Belgium. Notre-Dame of Paris was an emotional experience, she says, as its beauty made her cry. Chanel’s entry into the medieval world was initially sparked by her enthusiasm for art history; her multi-disciplinary minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies added further complexity to her studies. Her Honors project on miraculous images in fourteenth and fifteenth-century Italy is sure to impress.