Gabriela Nawrot studied in Krakow before beginning a PhD in Edinburgh in September 2010.
To begin with the Classics department at the University of Edinburgh is highly regarded and whilst conceiving my project I was able to meet potential supervisors and academic staff whose support and advice was fantastic. Being in Edinburgh gives me access to libraries which have some of the best collections of classical literature in the UK, and on top of these things I was really taken with the campus, the department and all members of staff who I met prior to deciding to study here. The University also provides additional language courses which have already helped me hugely with interpreting foreign texts.
After being here for only a few months I have already had many great experiences, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far. A great highlight has to be the social events and seminars which have given me a chance to meet and chat with peers, lecturers and famous academics from all over the world. Another highlight has to be delving into literature from as early as the 16th century and unearthing many exciting discoveries.
After completing my PhD I would love to remain in academia, continuing further research in similar areas, becoming a lecturer or perhaps a member of an early-Christian excavation team. All of the above are becoming more and more possible with some of the excellent contacts which I have made whilst studying at the University of Edinburgh.
This article was published on Jan 31, 2012