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I have been accepted to the University of Glasgow to pursue a Masters in Celtic and Viking Archaeology, but need to find the funds to finance it!

My Background:
I am from Riverside, California and am currently living in New York City.
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I have been accepted to the University of Glasgow to pursue a Masters in Celtic and Viking Archaeology, but, unfortunately, the tuition is expensive - around $20,000 with the difficult exchange rate. So, I am exploring every possible avenue of financial assistant! I'm applying for scholarships and plan to take out loans to cover costs. I also intend to find a job in Glasgow as soon as I can. UK law will allow me to work a maximum of 20 hours a week, which will be a nice way to supplement my living expenses. Lastly, I'm setting up this fundrazr page to invite any amount of support from friends, family, and anyone else who would like to help!

Every little bit helps and you will be my hero for donating anything!

My Background (in case it interests you):

I am from Riverside, California and am currently living in New York City.
I completed my Bachelors degree at the University of California, Berkeley for my undergraduate studies where I majored in Celtic Studies. I wound up there after having originally attended the George Washington University where I was studying International Affairs. While there, I realized I didn't feel the passion for International Affairs that I wanted to feel for what I was studying. So I transferred to Riverside Community College back in Riverside, California to figure out what I wanted to do. While visiting a friend in Berkeley that year I sat in on various lectures being given at the annual California Celtic Colloquium. What I learned there was that I didn't know any of the stories being discussed, the history was completely unfamiliar to me, and that the Celtic languages themselves were beautiful. I instantly knew that I wanted to understand what all of these people were talking about and knew I had to go to Berkeley to do that.

My two years at UC Berkeley were amazing; I loved my studies, my job, my friends, and the city of Berkeley and all its quirkiness. I studied Modern Irish for two years and took countless classes not only about the Celts, but the Scandinavians as well as my particular interests became more focused on the medieval period.

My Berkeley career culminated in the writing of my Senior Honors Thesis titled: "The Legal and Cultural Interactions Between the Sons of Míl and the Tuatha Dé Danann". For this I studied medieval Irish legal and cultural texts within the context of the stories written during the medieval period, particularly "Tochmarc Etainne", "The Wooing of Étainne" and "Togail Bruidne Da Derga", "The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel". Both are stories I recommend if you have the time, and true to fashion, are fairly odd from a modern American standpoint.

Much of my background reading for my thesis, as well as for various classes, involved reading archaeological texts, which I became more and more interested in. So when I began researching grad programs, I knew that not only would Celtic and Viking Archaeology fit me perfectly, but that Glasgow would be the perfect place to study it. There I will have opportunities to work at Celtic and Viking archaeological sites as well as have opportunities to work with local museums. I look forward to continuing my studies and to what happens after I get my masters.

While I don’t know for sure what I will be doing, I plan on either going directly into a PhD program, ideally Cambridge, where I have already reached out to a potential advisor, or working in a museum for a while and then continuing on to get my PhD. Regardless, I want to eventually teach and continue my own research in a field that does not get nearly as much attention as it should.

If you read all of this, thank you. I hope it was interesting and that you decide to help me out!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Matthew James Gardner
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