Jack McManus ’13 became the arts editor at the Bennington Banner, in Vermont, not long after he graduated from Hamilton College. He majored in American studies and minored in medieval and Renaissance studies just for the love of it.
“I never thought about medieval studies as a means to a tangible end, it was just something that I enjoyed for its own sake. Surprisingly enough, it did end up helping my post-grad job search – one interviewer saw the minor on my resume and asked me about it," he recalls.
"I told her about some of the things I studied: Old English poetry, Viking battle tactics, forced drowning as a form of legal trial, things like that. She seemed intrigued,” says McManus, who worked at Hamilton’s student newspaper and radio station.
He isn’t surprised he was lured into the Middle Ages. He’s that kind of guy.
“I'm constantly finding new subjects that captivate me, from the history of 18th century piracy to Albert Hitchcock films, and my medieval studies classes helped me uncover a whole wealth of fascinating new things that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Studying the Middle Ages both fed and sparked my curiosity in ways that I really enjoyed and valued,” he says.