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Inspired by...From Graduation to Goa

Posted on 18/07/2013

This week Josef Pundek will be graduating with first-class honours in History and Politics. He was recently awarded the Dame Margaret Tuke Travel Bursary, established at Bedford College in 1949 to commemorate the life and work of Dame Margaret Tuke, Principal of the College from 1907 to 1929.

Jozef and a fellow graduate will be travelling to India in September. We caught up with him to find out about his time at Royal Holloway, travels around India and getting some much-need R&R!

Have you planned your itinerary?

Yes, we’re flying to Mumbai and then out of Chennai four months later. Our first stop is going to be a town called Leh in the Himalayas, which is meant to be incredibly picturesque and spiritual. We are then due to get a bus to Delhi - an experience in itself - before moving onto the luxury of Kerala to recharge our batteries! 

What are you most looking forward to?

Experiencing the rich colonial history of Kolkata and chatting to the locals. We want the culture shock to really make its mark on us. I am also looking forward to the food! Definitely the regional diversity and the depth of flavours in every dish. 

How have you found your time at Royal Holloway?

It's been invaluable and great fun. Fantastic to be surrounded by such a diverse range of people. I think graduation and drinking champagne in Founder’s, is going to be a highlight!

Who has inspired you during your studies?

Graduates and current students who post on university blogs. If you think your essay or dissertation is in meltdown, it definitely helps put things in perspective!

More information about the summer graduation ceremonies and how to watch them live online, is available here.


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