Nico Hobhouse, Trinity College 2015; now a teacher in China.
I studied Classics at Trinity College from 2011-2015. The parts of my degree that I most enjoyed were philosophy and Greek literature. Since graduating my job has been to teach an eclectic range of introductory courses to Western literature at a university in southwest China. Euripides’ Medea, I can vouch, evokes just the same combination of sympathy and revulsion in a classroom in Chongqing as she did in my tutorials in Durham Quad. I have spent much of the rest of my time practising Buddhism in eastern Tibet. It turns out that the skills required to unpick the essential meanings of Buddhist teachings expressed in the terms of Tibetan culture are the very same ones I was taught when studying Plato, namely a sensitivity to language, to symbolism, to the historical context in which the texts were written, and to unexpressed philosophical assumptions in the arguments. Classics, in short, has opened some surprising doors.