Monday, July 22, 2013

Historical Research

It's rarely glamorous.

Yeah, I get to go to London, and Paris, and Prague, and all kinds of fun and exciting places.

And I absolutely love what I do. Most of the time.

And it's fun to find new things, and have intellectual conversations about them.

But then there's this:

And that's a lot less glamorous. 

But I still love it. 

My best advice to people who want to go to grad school? 

Love this: 

And this: 

As much as you love this:

*The British Library, which, yeah, it's cool, but it's also my own personal research hell.

Because, no matter how cool your topic, or how interesting your research, much more of your time is spent reading, researching, and digging through piles of papers. Sometimes you get to do that in London, but it's still tedious, no matter where you are. 

And today I'm holed up at Panera working my little fingers to the bone typing up my last comp. 

Good thing I love being a history nerd. :)

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