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Done and dusted

Me in Paris, 2014

This up-coming Monday is week 9. Week 9. I cannot believe that my last year at University is coming to an end. The last few weeks of this term has been stressful, I’m not gonna lie. Having handed in my dissertation and completed my 48 hour exam, I have now finished! My summer term has come and gone with a blink of an eye, and completing my work was quite anti-climatic, but exciting at the same time. Next week is the Graduation Ball which should be a lovely night – getting to see everyone dolled up and relaxing. The day after I leave to begin working at Wimbledon for two weeks, so I am leaving York in what feels like quite a rush.

There are a few things that I now know having finished this year, and this is how much I have fallen in love with my course and the areas that I have studied. I cannot recommend York enough for History of Art. The tutors are amazing. I have been through a few rough patches this year and everyone has been so supportive and helpful. When the tutors say that you can go and see them any time for a chat, they really mean it! I have also found my passion – all things medieval, and I cannot thank the tutors who taught me throughout the years who spurred on my interest.

My last few weeks have been pretty hectic, and I am really looking forward to what this summer has in store and my up-and-coming gap year! In addition to working at Wimbledon (which I cannot wait to do!), I will also be going to Ireland for a few weeks for a family wedding, hopefully going to Marrakech, and then… for my gap year I am moving to Paris! I will be living there from September to around July – ahh I am so excited! I will be au pairing for a lovely family, and during my free time I shall be in the heart of Paris going to Language school. One of the reasons that I am going to Paris is not only to submerge myself within their culture, but to learn French. During my gap year I plan on applying to Master degrees to continue studying the Medieval period – what can I say, I am hooked! Then hopefully, once I have completed my year in France, my French will be much better and ready for my chosen degree course. I want to learn French because I am really interested in French medieval work, especially of that of the Gothic period. So, I have decided that I will continue this blog detailing all about my Parisian adventure! Make sure that you keep on checking back, as I aim to include tips on applying for Masters and general other things!

To everyone reading this, especially third years – well done! I am sure you all worked really hard, and go enjoy your summer. For those going into third or second years, you can do it! Third year is quite daunting, but this is the time when you truly find out what you’re interested in and what you want to do academic wise for the future.



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Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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