Alan Dawber
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Alan Dawber

Alan studied both Economics and Theology, matriculating in 1965.

I entered as a northerner, from the North West of England, and therefore did not fit into a stereotypical frame of someone from a privileged, elitist or public school background. Fitting in to the first year was particularly hard for me, as I was also in digs some distance from the College (or 'House'). My subjects were also 'strange'.

Having found Economics not to my taste, I tackled a Theology degree in two years, and was one of the few 20 year old undergraduates to do this. Most Theology students already had first degrees elsewhere or in another subject, and were more 'mature' students. I had no particular intention of 'entering the church', and in fact did not do so, choosing another career instead.

Fitz was vital. My degree was a great challenge, which taught me to think, to consider all points of view, and in particular to challenge and question every opinion and decision. This does not always lead to a comfortable or an easy life. It has ensured that my mind remains active even as a septuagenarian. And I continue to question many traditional Theological and religious concepts.

My Fitz experience also 'opened my eyes and heart to the world', encouraged me to travel (I eventually settled in Portugal, but retain fixed ties with the UK and friends there), and in particular  gave me lifelong friendships with good intelligent people from other walks of life. I have not reached any career apex or risen to the top in some 'important' career role, but have had a very fulfilling life and career as a language teacher (eventually a university language teacher). Music is a second 'string to my bow'.