Graduation: A Little Life Update

After a bit of an absence from blogging whilst I completed third-year exams and my dissertation, I’m back on the blog and trying to post regularly! I’ve absolutely loved getting back into blogging and thought I’d do a quick life update to let you all know what I’m up to now I’ve finished uni.

I’ve just spent the last 3 years studying History and History of Art at the University of York and have graduated with a 2:1, graded 69, so close to a first, but I’m nonetheless still over the moon. My course really inspired me to get into blogging and share my love of history and art with anyone who’s willing to read it! I studied some really interesting modules with some of the leading academics in their field, including the British Caribbean post-slavery, something I’d never thought I’d enjoy but ended up getting my highest grades in! I’m really keen to share some more of my course and the things I studied on this blog, so as well as buildings and cultural days out I want to include some historical pieces too, let me know if there’s anything you want to see!

After being a little stuck as to what to do after uni, I ended up applying last minute to a part-time Masters degree at the University of Cambridge. I ended up getting an interview and then a confirmed place, so I can finally say I’m going to be studying Building History at Cambridge, Wolfson College, for the next two years. I can’t wait to be learning about so many new elements of architectural history, as well as the more technical side of dating and interpreting buildings on site. The course involves lots of visits and can be very intensive at times, but luckily it’s part-time so I can’t wait to be sharing lots of the places I visit on this blog in my free time!

Masters degrees are not cheap so I’ve been looking for various ways of funding my study over the summer and whilst studying. After contemplating various jobs, many in retail and waitressing, which definitely weren’t my ideal careers, I was offered some work experience at Purcell for two weeks. Purcell is an architectural firm that specialises in conserving historic buildings, as well as working on new builds. I was able to get involved in some of the amazing work of the Heritage Consultancy team on a couple of their projects. I got to go on a few research trips to archives, sit in and even contribute in client meetings and go on a site visit; it was such a brilliant experience and really confirmed that this is the job for me! After the two weeks of work experience, they actually offered me a temporary job so I am very pleased I can continue gaining experience in the field I want to pursue a career in! Sadly, all the stuff I’ve been working on is confidential so I can’t post any details on here, but I might do a general insight post into the career after I finish (with permission of course!)

Thanks for reading, hope you didn’t mind a little update post! Normal posts will resume next week! If you have any post recommendations or things you’d like to see, do write a comment, thanks!!

Emma rasp



6 Comments Add yours

  1. Congratulations on gaining your degree – and your place at Cambridge!

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  2. Jolene says:

    Congrats Emma! What a milestone. 😊

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  3. artandarchitecturemainly says:

    If you are very pleased with your work, publish and bind the thesis, and send a copy to all important state and uni libraries. Well done.

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for the advice!


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