I have loved every aspect of studying Classical Literature and Civilisation for the last three years, although my highlight has to be the study tour module in second year. It’s incredible to be able to go to the places that you’ve been studying and really immerse yourself in the culture. It was whilst in Rome, on my study tour, that I decided that I wanted to apply for a masters once my undergraduate study was finished – and I’m hoping to start my MRes next year, and ultimately hope to study a PGCE and teach Latin. The department encouraged me to get involved with the ‘Classics Hub’ programme, which brings students from local schools to the University and allows them to explore what classics is all about; it’s not boring, old stuff, and bringing it alive for school children has cemented my desire to teach in the future.
Birmingham has a lovely campus; it’s particularly nice in the summer when everyone can sit out on the grass to study. Being a classics student involves a lot of private study and reading, so I spend a lot of time in the main library but campus is also a great place to socialise. There are loads of places to get coffee and Joe’s Bar in the Guild is a great place to go for lunch or a drink.
I have been an active member of multiple societies during my time at Birmingham. In my second year I was treasurer of BACAS (Birmingham Ancient Classical and Archaeological Society), the departmental society, and I was also involved in debating society. I spend most of my weekday evenings in rehearsals with the University Music Society as I sing in two choirs and play in the wind and brass bands; I was also lucky to be elected as the wind band manager in my second year as well as sitting on the Summer Festival of Music committee for two years. Societies have played a massive role in my time at Birmingham and are where I have met most of my closest friends as well as developing my skills and CV! Not only this, but I’ve also been able to perform all over Birmingham in venues such as the Town Hall, as well as in the new Elgar Concert Hall in the Bramall Music Building.
I’ve had an amazing three years at Birmingham and I can’t wait to come back and start my masters!