Current scholar Sasheene Denny updates on her Cambridge adventures

This year, we have not one, but two Davies-Jackson scholars. Here Sasheene Denny tells what she’s been up to these last few months. 

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Hello, everyone! Things are going very well here.

It definitely took a week or two to get over the culture shock, to get oriented within my course, and to figure out where everything is!

Now, of course, I am settled in quite nicely. My activities are, I fear, rather boring.

I have mostly kept myself in the University Library, surrounded by the words of historians I’ll never live up to, my nose buried in a book, feverishly reading. And…it’s exhilarating.

I am particularly excited about supervisions. The experience of reading a book, thinking to myself, “Hmmm, I wonder what he meant by that,” is incredibly different here. Because in some cases, the professor I’m sitting across from every week is the very person who wrote that book!

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I do plan on hopefully becoming more active within the Feminist Society – in fact, right after I finish writing this I will be reading articles to discuss with a reading group tomorrow. Every day that I’m here, I think of how grateful I am to have this opportunity.

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Walking down the lane to the History Faculty, sitting in the Seeley Historical Library, taking breaks from reading in the UL Tea Room – everywhere I go I am confronted with the utter dream-like situation I have found myself in.

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I only hope that I will be able to explore more of the city, and perhaps become more involved in University activities. Until then, I have more wonderful reading to do and essays to write!


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