Steven Carter is an aspiring medievalist and alumnus of the John Jay Fellowship. He helps manage his family’s third-generation farm in northern Minnesota and holds a master’s degree in history with a focus on medieval England from the University of Idaho.
While in my current brief stint in D.C., I am often given a puzzled look when I tell someone that I am going back to the farm: “You’ve made it to D.C., haven’t you? Why would you go back?” I’m going back because the farm and all it means are more important than anything I can do or want to do here. It is more meaningful to go to a place that has claims on you, for that is where you can best serve and live the good life.