Dana Arrowsmith

Honours bachelor of arts with specialization in Classics, 2009
Work now at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Studying Classics at U of O was truly one of the most enjoyable times of my life. I got my Classics degree a few years after completing another undergrad degree in Criminology. Before then, I didn’t think the word ‘academics’ and the word ‘fun’ could co-exist. And even though I didn’t end up going into the field as a career (at least not yet), I know that I am better off for it today.

In 2008, I was able to participate in an archaeological field school in Greece for credit, under the supervision of Prof. Dijkstra. It was an experience I will never forget, and I have made an effort to volunteer for archaeological excavations every year since then. I have studied human remains from Roman burials in Spain, dug an Etruscan cemetery site in Italy, excavated a Neolithic settlement and Medieval castle in England, and travelled to Greece again to volunteer for an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of an ancient city. Participating in excavations is a fantastic excuse for a holiday! It allows you to see (and live in) parts of a country you wouldn’t have otherwise visited. It’s a chance to really get to know the people that live there, and meet tons of fantastic people from, literally, all over the world. When most people come back from a vacation, they come back with a few pictures and a sunburn. When I come back from a vacation, I come back with a deeper knowledge of the history of mankind. I come back with a better understanding of another culture and maybe even a few words in another language. I come back with a sweet tan and a dozen or two more Facebook friends...and yeah, I probably also have a few pictures.

My current public service job isn’t exactly a roller coaster of excitement, but I look forward every year to my ‘other job’...one that might not pay, but the benefits are more than worth it.

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