What have you been up to since
I moved to
Manhattan to pursue an M.A. in Medieval Studies at Fordham University. My first
year in the program, I received a Medieval Studies Research assistantship.
During this Research Assistantship, I proofread transcriptions of several
medieval bibles in order to build paleographical skills. I was also
recently awarded a GSAS Summer Graduate Assistantship within the Medieval
Studies Department. In addition to my coursework. I also work as a Graduate
Assistant for Fordham’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
How did you discover medieval history?
help of Dr. Lori Woods, I was able to combine my love for studying medicine
with a passion history. While still at SFU, Dr. Woods guided me through an
archival research project where I analyzed the records from the Woman’s Medical
College of Pennsylvania—the first school in the world to offer the M.D. to
women. As I progressed through this project, I studied abroad in Italy and my
research interests evolved. As a result, following my graduation from SFU, I
shifted my research focus to medieval history and social history of medicine.
How did your major prepare you for what
you do now and where you hope to be in the future?
believe that my career as a medieval historian of medicine would not have been
possible without the preparation I received at SFU. We have a top-notch history
department of very talented professors who were able to help me be able to
combine my interest in medicine with a passion for history. I would like to
personally thank the SFU history department for providing me with superior
training. More than that, my sincerest thanks to Dr. Lori Woods and Dr. Denise
Damico for continuing to mentor me long after graduation. Their kindness,
support, and willingness to teach me their craft continues to inspire me in
What advice would you give to a 17-year
old considering a career in your field?
encourage every prospective college student to consider studying the
humanities. These subjects are important because they teach you how to think
critically, an essential skill no matter your career. I received terrific
academic training at Saint Francis in a nurturing and supportive environment.
At SFU, I developed a dream to become a history professor. And now, I’m building
on the outstanding training that I received at SFU to work towards
accomplishing that goal. Every day, I am proud to be an SFU graduate.
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