My parents, perhaps like yours, worried that I had “wasted” my talents by studying languages: Latin and Greek, and Classical literature with a concentration on rhetoric. But my four wonderful undergraduate years, at ANU, were centred on what I wanted to do. What did I gain? Well, for a start, more confidence in independent thinking. Later, I also studied Classical music, which taught me to listen much more perceptively. In today’s crazy world a bit of careful listening and thinking can take you a long way! I thank my dedicated teachers at ANU and King’s College London for that.