Medievalist in the Making

One of my favorite places to visit is the city of York in northern England. About a decade ago, I attended the University of York, working on a Master’s degree in Medieval History. I had never traveled to England before, and, over the course of the year, York became my second home. I had mixed feelings about leaving–perhaps more mixed than I thought at the time. When I finally packed up and left the University for the last time in September, I really thought I had my fill of York. The end of the MA program, dominated by the dissertation-writing process, was a lonely and isolating affair. However, a few years later, after taking my first decently-paying job, I amassed some extra money and decided to take a trip to the UK, complete with a short visit to the city. Then, when an opportunity came up to do some international…

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