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Well, Hilary Term is two weeks away from being officially over, and I've gotten the Palaeography test under my belt now, which is a bit of a relief. I love transcribing, and dating hands is like a fun mystery puzzle, but the amount of manuscripts I've had a chance to look at and compare date-wise is still small enough that I feel it's still a bit of a mushy science. In eight years maybe I'll have enough experience with the fashions in handwriting through the years to identify them like last year's Roos or like pants based on jeans flare, but at the moment I feel like I'm shruggingly accepting the dating given me and the reasons behind it without feeling as though I'm part of the timeline.

I've vowed to finish a draft of one of my essays by Monday; this will be a good exercise for me, since I usually write everything the day before the due-date, saving all of my readings in my brain until I explode in a fit of feigned brilliance all over my computer. This method generally works, but since I have two essays due this term instead of one, I'd rather not tempt fate or my ability to stay up until four in the morning for days on end. I'd also rather not backslide into caffeine overconsumption again, either.

I turned down Cornell yesterday morning. The medieval studies degree would have been great, but I felt like a bit of an impostor... applying for the English degree and squeezing into a different department. Now, then, I need to decide where it's actually convenient for me to visit over break. UPenn and UMich are definite visits, but do I bother with UCLA and NYU? I want to see California, and I want to see what the school feels like. Same with NYU. I doubt I'll end up at either program, but at the moment I can't seem to cut either off my list--so much work went into these applications that I feel as though I'm throwing away part of my life every time I consider turning them down.

OHwell. I need to buy plane tickets and write.


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Mar. 9th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm. You're interested in Anglo-Saxon and Norse stuff, yes? The Anglo-Saxonist at my institution (who is a pretty "big name") got her grad degrees at NYU...
Mar. 9th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Okay, that was meant to end with "so maybe it's worth a visit," rather than an elipsis. I have no idea where my mind's gone to.
Mar. 9th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
no worries! This is one of the reasons I'm not wanting to cross them off so soon; it's like I got so excited about UPenn and UMich that I completely forgot to remember the perks of the other two schools... :)
Mar. 9th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
Hooray! My language has not obscured meaning, as usually happens on the internets!

By the by, mind if I add your other journal to my friends list?
Mar. 9th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
be my guest! I like having interesting lj-friends to stalk.
Mar. 9th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
As you probably, it's only about two hours by train or bus between NYC and Philly-- it would be really easy to combine a vist to Penn and NYU.

I'd also be happy to talk with you about my own experiences with the medievalists at NYU (I did a masters there before I came to Penn).
Mar. 9th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'd really appreciate that. Like I've said, I don't think I'll end up there, but I'd like to give it a more thorough look-through. What did you think of your time there?
Mar. 9th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
I sent an email to your gmail address.
Mar. 9th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
gotten and responded. :) thanks!
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