Have you ever wondered what it would be like to study Egyptology at university? If so, check out Gemma Smith’s article about her experiences as a student of Egyptology at Swansea University!

This article was originally published on the Independent’s website as part of its 2012 Fresher’s Guide and is full of practical advice for budding Egyptologists. A short excerpt can be found below:

“If you had asked me on A Level results day “Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?”, I would have probably told you that I’d be a Geography teacher. I never dreamed that I’d have graduated with a first class degree in Egyptology from Swansea University and that I’d be about to embark upon Swansea’s MA in Ancient Egyptian Culture.

My passion for ancient Egypt was awakened during my childhood. My mum got the old slide projector out one day and showed the photographs of her visit to Egypt. From that day on, I was hooked. I recorded all of the documentaries about ancient Egypt on the History Channel and when ‘The Mummy’ was released in 1999, my mind was made up: I was going to be the next Evelyn O’Connell.”

Gemma is the author of the blog The Egyptiana Emporium, a must-read for anyone who is interested in the history, art and culture of Ancient Egypt, and you can follow her on Twitter under the username @EgyptianaEmpori.

And if Egyptology is a subject that piques your interest and you’d like to get a head-start on your Egyptian language studies, check out my article “10 Fantastic Free Resources for Learning Egyptian Hieroglyphs”.

Picture of wall painting from the tomb of Senn...
Wall painting from the tomb of Sennedjem. The god Anubis is attending to the mummy of the deceased. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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