This afternoon, with a bag of frozen peas on my ankle (I face-planted off Calton Hill last night dressed like a 1980s calisthenics instructor), I submitted my final essay and finished my undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh.
After four long years of work and the last year spend writing my dissertation, it feels really, really good to be finally done. After I submitted my dissertation last week, I went to get an ice cream and found a bench in the Grassmarket. It was a sunny day and the castle looked gorgeous as ever (you almost forget they used to burn the witches 200 metres to the right!). Then I left for the Bothy for the weekend and enjoyed the sun up north.
But, I’m not going to lie. The end is also a bit sad.
I have truly fallen in love with this city. My time here has shaped the person I have become and the person I will continue to be in the future. My degree has taught me a lot more than just how to write historical papers or dig in the dirt. The people I’ve met and the places I have been will, honestly, stay with me for the rest of my life.
Maybe, one day, I’ll write a book about it.
This post is shorter than I anticipated, but, truthfully, I can only say how much the past four years have meant to me in a limited number of ways before it gets contrived.
So, that’s me done. I’m bouncing on holiday soon. After that, it’ll be EUMC Road Trip and then at Bamburgh for the rest of the summer to help with excavations. Graduation is in July.