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Joe Grimwade

Could you tell us a little about your time at Warwick?
Warwick has proved an excellent environment in which to complete my undergraduate degree. At every level, from entry, at which stage I had little experience of studying the ancient world, to graduation, by which time I was producing much more sophisticated work, my tutors remained accessible and supportive, always challenging and guiding me to improve. I have many good memories of my time in the department, including individual lecture courses, the annual theatrical production, and conducting my own summer research project. I particularly benefitted from the variety of modules on offer, the amount of choice they afforded, and the breadth of approaches to the subject I was encouraged to take. My two stays in the British School at Rome, organised by Dr Abigail Graham, will remain forever imprinted in my mind; for positive reasons, of course!

What are you doing after graduating from the department?
I will be beginning a funded MPhil in Classics at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

How do you think your degree study has or will help you in your future career, or life in general?
My degree will help me directly in my future career, primarily because while undertaking it I have realised how much I enjoy working on research in a university setting. I plan to pursue postgraduate study for the next several years. In addition, my role as Editor of the university’s undergraduate academic journal, Reinvention, has equipped me with skills such as management and communication that I had not expected my degree to provide. I have very much enjoyed my time in the post, and could easily transfer this experience into the workplace.

Imagine yourself back in your first week at Warwick. If you could offer some advice, what would it be?
Pursue the areas of study that interest you and remember to derive enjoyment from the course, rather than stress – you’ll always perform better that way!