Out there in Jutland
In the old man-killing parishes
I will feel lost,
Unhappy and at home.
– Seamus Heaney (1975)
Ad Caledonia – To Scotland. It’s Latin.
Hello, I’m Kennedy.
In 2015, I left Kansas and moved to Scotland to study History and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. It’s Year 4.
I developed a passion for history at an early age. Growing up, my dad used to read to me about heroes like Joan of Arc, El Cid, and Henry V. As for archaeology, my mom still remembers the time I dug up (read: destroyed) her flower garden because I was (am) pretty sure I was (am) Indiana Jones.
Since moving to Scotland, I’ve met amazing new friends, joined the Edinburgh Uni Mountaineering Club, worked on digs from Neolithic settlements in Romania, Medieval castles and kirkyards in the UK, and examined the skeletal remains from a Roman trade city in Italy. During term time, I volunteer at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the National Museum of Scotland. I don’t remember all of it, but it’s been pretty great so far.
In the future, I’d like to help translate the complexities of history to the general public in new and exciting ways. I love seeing people engage with history and a big part of my life has been dedicated to helping history come alive. (I also just wanna live out my dreams as a curator/cat lady.)
This blog is a thank you for all the amazing people who put up with my incessant complaining.
As much tolerance as I can muster and some love,