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My year at York has been full of new experiences, friendships, information and challenges.
York's MA course in Medieval Literatures has hugely expanded my knowledge of the subject itself, the scholarship growing up around it, and endowed me with invaluable experience in researching, writing, delivering seminar papers, and basically being an active postgraduate. The Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS) provides a warm working environment peopled by friendly staff and extremely knowledgeable tutors, as well as a close-knit community of fellow students with whom I plan to keep in touch over the years to come.
The Medieval Literatures course is unique in many ways, most saliently in its participation in the disciplines of both Medieval studies and English studies. York fully exploits the elasticity and rich range of viewpoints and approaches afforded by this duality, offering numerous seminars, interest groups, and workshops both along the interdisciplinary tack of the CMS and the more purely literary approach of the English department. Having completed York's MA course, I feel well prepared to set out along the more lengthy road to a PhD.
The opportunities for personal and professional growth I have met with at York are not often found in one place. Here I have been encouraged to new levels of academic proficiency as well as given the opportunity to meet a rare diversity of wonderful people in a variety of social and academic contexts. The people who have helped me grow through this year's experiences will have a special place in my memory and correspondence for many years to come.