Graduate - Testimonials
In my time in the MA program at KU, I read classics like Caesar’s Gallic Wars and Virgil’s Aeneid as well as the lesser known texts like Pseudo-Virgilian Ciris. As a middle- and high-school Latin teacher, I find that every ancient text offers insight and wisdom that young students can use to handle struggles in their own lives.
While there are many lines to choose from, a phrase I always return to comes from Virgil’s Aeneid: “forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit” (“perhaps even this will be a joy to remember one day”). Though my students may not be enduring the same type of trials that Aeneas does, the words of the poet remind them that they can use even bad situations to lead themselves toward something better.
It has been, and will continue to be, my joy to share these texts with my students.
During my two years in KU's Master's Program, while gaining better proficiency in Latin and Greek, I discovered that my true interests lay in material culture and digital archaeology. While working with Prof. Stinson on my thesis on the street grid of Pompeii, I also had the opportunity to work on an innovative digital archaeology project using satellite imagery and GIS, expanding my skills in this area and, eventually, resulting in a peer-reviewed publication.
This combination of language expertise and digital archaeology skills helped me get into a top-tier Classical Archaeology program at the University of Michigan, where I had the opportunity to work on archaeological excavations and surveys across Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
Having finished my PhD in May 2020, I am now working a job I love as a Digital Scholarship Librarian at Boston College, helping faculty and students on a wide variety of digital research projects across the arts and humanities (while still doing some digital archaeology on the side!).
Without my experience in the University of Kansas Classics program, there is no way I'd have been able to accomplish this.
During my time in the Classics MA Program at KU, I found a welcoming community where I was able to develop my academic skills, receive guidance from mentors, and collaborate with my peers. As a teaching assistant, I gained valuable teaching experience by both assisting experienced faculty instructors and leading my own online and hybrid courses.
The department also awarded summer funding for student research and education, which allowed me to participate in archaeological field work in Spain and Italy. I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, as a member of the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology.
My time at KU was an irreplaceable invaluable experience, and helped me advance to where I am today.
In summer 2014 I participated in the Classical Summer School program at the American Academy in Rome. As a student of Classics, I have spent many hours pouring over Greek and Roman texts and studying the history of these societies. Yet, I have had a very limited understanding of how Rome grew and developed. I wanted to learn more about the material culture of this great city and the Classical Summer School seemed like a great opportunity to do so.
The experience was all I expected and more. We spent some portion of every day visiting ancient monuments in the city or in the near vicinity. The Academy can easily obtain special permission to visit sites that are not normally open to the public—for instance, our group gained access to the Curia (Senate House) and the House of Livia on the Palatine. Each week we also got to handle artifacts at the Academy, learning how they were made and their significance to Roman culture.
The role of Classics in secondary schools is another focus of the Classical Summer School, and throughout the program we discussed how to implement similar activities in a classroom and how to share Roman culture with our students.