Ghaza Alyasin studerar masterprogram med inriktning mot Antikens kultur och samhällsliv
What is your background? Where do you come from?
I was raised outside Stockholm and dreamt about working in the film industry, so I chose the media programme in high school and spent some time trying to work on different film projects. I even applied to a film programme after graduating. Luckily (in retrospect) I was not accepted, which forced me to sit down and rethink my future. Archaeology and classical culture had always been a major interest for me, but I never thought of it as a career, until I found the BA programme in Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University. Then I suddenly had a new dream.
Why did you choose to study our master programme in Classical Archaeology?
It was an obvious choice. After taking the BA programme here, I felt that I wanted to continue my education, partly because I think that a higher competence will more easily lead to a job later on, but also because I really enjoy studying at university. It is difficult and exhausting; sometimes you think that you will fail everything (especially close to exam time and deadlines), but in the end, it always works out as long as you keep at it. You are constantly challenged, and that is was makes you develop and improve. You can do anything as long as you don't give up. I had already spent three years at the department, felt very much at home and was really happy with my education; so, it never crossed my mind to apply elsewhere. Being able to stay here feels completely right.
What did you study before?
I have taken a few odd courses here and there, trying to find something interesting that I would want to continue studying. I have tried both International relations and several literature courses, but none felt right. It was not until I found archaeology and ancient history that it clicked for me and I felt brave enough to take on an entire programme.
Impressions and experience from the master programme?
I have felt very supported during my time here. It is clear that the teachers care about the students and want us to do well and succeed. They are also incredibly knowledgeable and inspiring. I have learnt to question, analyse, interpret and re-think, to search, find and absorb information in completely new and independent ways, and to ask questions I would never have thought of before. I have really grown since I first started here and continue to do so.
Do you already know the subject of your master's thesis?
I am not yet certain, but right now, I think I will most likely continue in one way or another with my bachelor’s thesis, which dealt with gender constricted gestures in Etruscan funeral art. The master programme begins with a thesis-supporting course that runs throughout the entire first term. We are meant to begin thinking and working on our thesis subjects during the course, which is good, since you are pushed to figure the subject out sooner rather than later. I still have quite a bit of time left to decide, since I am not supposed to be writing in quite a while, but it is comforting to have done it, to lessen the stress later on.
Would you recommend the programme to others?
Absolutely! This is a fun and challenging educational programme with fantastic teachers, who care for the students. In addition, as a master student, you are much more in contact with the research side of the department, and you are really taught independence. It is also quite open - you more or less plan and construct your own programme, choosing courses according to interest or that suit your thesis subject. If you enjoy and want to work with Classical culture and archaeology, I definitely think you should try the master programme!
What do you see in your future?
I am not yet sure; I would probably like to get a postgraduate position somewhere and do research, and also do field archaeology. Right now, it feels quite impossible, but it will all work out in the end.