Undergraduate - Testimonials
I came to KU with the goal of achieving an education that was holistic and rich and to engage in a curriculum that was challenging, smart, and rewarding. I found all of this in the Classics program. As a Classics major, I was offered opportunities to grow and explore my undergraduate education in ways that I could not have expected. For example, on any given day, I could go from reading Latin to viewing the plaster casts of ancient sculptures in the Wilcox Classical Museum to having a discussion about the Greek plays of Euripides. The Department of Classics also offers students a plethora of opportunities to go abroad. I was also fortunate enough to study at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (aka the “Centro”). At the Centro, I took classes on Roman History and Archaeology right on site. Additionally, the program featured week-long trips to both Campania and Sicily. It was an incredible experience to say the least!
My positive experience with Latin at KU led me to branch out and study other related subjects, and I soon was wrapped up in the world of Classics. During my sophomore year, I was lucky enough to get involved with Undergraduate Research. Working with Prof. Stinson, I conducted an archaeological survey of a early 20th c. chapel ruin near Ottawa, KS. This was one of the many experiences I had as a Classics major that helped enrich my university education. In the span of four years, I truly learned what it meant to be a young scholar. I will forever be thankful to the wonderful professors in the department who were helpful, supportive, and enjoyable. Considering how many doors opened for me, I cannot imagine what my KU journey would have been like without the Classics program.
The Classics department then helped me receive a scholarship to attend the University of Chicago for my Master's degree. It's 2021, and I'm currently back at KU, working as a library specialist at Watson Library; I'm also a PhD candidate at Emporia State, studying library science. It might sound unbelievable, but even in my current life phase, I'm happy to say that I still regularly employ the methods of scholarship that I learned as a young KU Classics major. Considering how many doors opened for me, I cannot imagine what my KU journey would have been like without the Classics program.