I grew up in Lincolnshire in northern England with my head in books, and haven’t been able to stop reading, writing and studying ever since. After having graduated from the University of York in 2010 with a starred first in English and Related Literature, I volunteered and travelled my way around India and South Africa, worked briefly in publishing, studied French at La Sorbonne, Paris, before taking the MSt in English (1550-1700) at Oxford. Whether through guest speakers, trips to galleries, or at our weekly sandwich-and-a-scholar presentations, the interdisciplinary, international and collaborative atmosphere of Ertegun House exposed me to a broad range of ideas that had a great impact on me, both academically and personally. My time at Ertegun House was truly remarkable, and the support I received unsurpassable. Whilst I am sad that it is over, I look forward to many alumni events to come, and to being an ambassador for this truly life-changing programme. I am currently working as an Intern for the United Nations in Copenhagen, and am hoping to forge an international career working for the public good.