The Medieval and Early Modern Studies program at Rice University transformed the way I approached my academics. The MDEM program, by promoting interdisciplinary approaches to learning, allowed me to take a multifaceted look at the source material that fascinated me. It helped me synthesize two of my central interests – history and anthropology – into a cohesive path toward understanding the medieval past. When I wrote my history honors thesis, my experience in the MDEM program allowed me to answer questions I didn’t think possible since it encouraged me to use methodologies outside of isolated disciplines. Both archaeological theory and art history informed and complemented how I approached historical problems. For example, when I was concerned about understanding how European knights professed their identity in the late Middle Ages, answers came from unlikely places. Beyond written history, art history gave me a corpus of material culture to explore, and archaeology taught me how to interpret questions of identity and personhood in the early fifteenth century. This interdisciplinary approach made an initially uninteresting medieval tomb effigy come to life. It gave a voice to stones, and a heart to the pages of manuscripts. This crucial interdisciplinary approach nurtured by Rice’s MDEM program means students can attack a problem from infinite different perspectives. By combining history and anthropology, I could see things I never imagined before. The Rice MDEM program not only educates students about the medieval world but, more importantly, equips them with insightful, rigorous, and creative ways of thinking as they pursue careers beyond the hedges.