Being an Anglophile

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

A couple of years ago I was invited by my friend, Dr. Rachel Gow, to be a guest at Magdalen-College at Oxford University. I fell in love with it. While I was there, I met more great people, including Dr. Alexander “Alex” Richardson and Prof. Michael Crawford. They invited me to be part of a research group that will trace the genealogy of people with dyslexia. When I found that out, I felt that I had died and gone to heaven. They’ve also invited me to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, which I couldn’t believe. I was thrilled to receive both of these incredible opportunities.

I will be going back to Oxford for a week at the end of October, and can’t wait to be in the city again, and be part of a research project that has the potential to help a lot of us with learning differences.

I have always been an anglophile: somebody who loves all things English and is proud of their British roots, if they have any. To be clear, “Britain” refers to Great Britain which includes the countries of England, Scotland and Wales. On my father’s side I am mostly English, but also Welsh, German, and Scottish. On my mother’s side, I am mostly Irish, but also Welsh and Scottish.

Ever since I can remember, I have always loved England and the Brits in general. My dad did, too. Ever since I was about four years old or so, I would travel with my parents to England, Ireland and France, falling in love with each country with every visit. I am really proud of my English and British roots. If you want to find out more about the research I have done, you can find it here.

I have always wanted to know as much as I could about why I am the way I am, and genealogy has helped me find the answers to my questions. I have always loved England, not just because I love the culture, but also and especially because I know so much about my English heritage. It really is an honor to get to visit my ancestral home and help those with learning differences at the same time.

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