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Many of our medieval studies graduates have gone on to graduate school. Here are some of their stories:

Sydne Johnson

MA in Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University

Sydne-book-binding.jpg"I don’t really think that I can pinpoint what exactly got me interested in Medieval Studies. My interest in medieval history seems to just have always been there with me. In high school, all I wanted to study was the Middle Ages. I would read books about theories concerning the legend of Arthur and his knights, and I would look at books concerning medieval dress and manners. As I went into college, I started studying Latin and French, and with that I truly fell in love with the Middle Ages. I have always loved words and learning new languages, but there was something special about reading an unedited work by an author who lived 1500 years ago. I am most interested in the stories people told during the Middle Ages, how people communicated with each other, whether through texts, architecture, or symbols, and the evidence for how and why these forms of communication changed. By pursuing a Master’s in Medieval History, I hope to be able to become an archaeologist and not only excavate sites, but also translate documents to shed some light on how people interacted with each other."

Natalie Tolentino

MA in Medieval Studies at the University of Nottingham

Natalie-library.png"Though I have been intrigued by the classical and medieval worlds from an early age, it was not until my experiences with Old English literature and manuscript studies at Calvin that I chose to pursue an intensive study of the Middle Ages. While I am fascinated by almost all aspects of the medieval world,  my specific area of focus is Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic literature and languages. Most particularly, I am interested in the cultural underpinnings of Old English and Old Norse, linguistically and textually,   and how these both reflect and interact with evolving ideologies about combat, gender, and religion. Ultimately, I chose to pursue a postgraduate degree in Medieval Studies as both an integral step in entering a career in museum and manuscript curation, as well as for what the medieval era illuminates about the nature of our reality – that is, how we construct it and how we interact within it."

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