Since starting my Masters, I have come to truly appreciate the value of a well planned essay. Looking back at the prep I did for my undergrad, for essays and even my dissertation, I am SHOCKED at how little I did. I would do simple bullet-pointed overviews of my main points, barely a page for each plan, … Continue reading Preparing for an Essay: Top Tips & Tricks
Over the Christmas Holidays, one of the assessments I had to complete was a review of three monographs. Each monograph had to be on a similar subject, and all had to be published after 2005. For anyone who isn't aware (I wasn't) a monograph is a detailed study/research, written by an individual - essentially a … Continue reading An Ode to the Article
A month ago, I began my MA History course at the University of Southampton. Moving on from the University of Birmingham was not an easy decision for me. Birmingham had taught me so much throughout the last 3 years, and I had been utterly inspired by students and teachers during my time there. However, after a … Continue reading One Historian’s Existential Crisis
Yesterday (the 17th July), I graduated from the University of Birmingham with a First Class undergraduate degree in History. The last 3 years have been the best of my life, and I am truly going to miss living and learning in Birmingham. I wanted to dedicate an entire post to my own experience of studying … Continue reading Studying History at the University of Birmingham
A few weeks ago I submitted my undergraduate dissertation. My friend Amelia and I planned the day meticulously so that we could experience the sheer joy and freedom together. Despite some minor errors with the printer (that resulted in us having around 7 unwanted copies of Amelia's dissertation) we had the sweetest day and a … Continue reading The Psychology of writing a Dissertation.
When you are in school, you view History as a set of facts about the past, that have been researched by Historians and compiled into a set narrative that creates a story. The University of Birmingham has taught me that this definition of history is not only basic, but essentially obsolete. Instead, History is complicated, … Continue reading Embracing the Bias (behind the name).