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Alex Stephens

Classics

Email: k10as02@kzoo.edu
Hometown: Birmingham, MI
Majors: Classical Civilizations, English – Writing Concentration
Study Abroad: Madrid, Spain- Short Term
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Best Adjective to Describe You: Determined


In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Learning how history repeats itself helps us better understand today’s world.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I’ve always loved the Greek myths, and who isn’t intrigued by the ancient Egyptians?? I wanted to learn more to see if I was interested by everything related to Classics, and I haven’t been disappointed. I have yet to find a topic or class that I don’t whole-heartedly invest in (yes, I know I’m a nerd).

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
If you know you want to major (or are even thinking about it), start the language requirements as soon as possible!

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I was able to combine my Classics and English majors in Advanced Poetry by writing poems with an archaeology/classical mythology theme, and I’m going to do the same kind of thing for my SIP!

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
You have to find your passions and make something out of them. I never dreamed I’d be able to study Classics or archaeology, but for the first time in my life I have a definite idea of what I’m going to do and I’m so excited for the years to come.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Intro to Greek Art & Archaeology. It was the first Classics course I took and I absolutely fell in love. Professor Haeckl is so passionate about what she teaches and her enthusiasm is unavoidably contagious. You’d have to try very hard not to be fascinated by that class.

What is your SIP?
I’m spending 4 weeks in Stobi, Macedonia on an archaeological field school and excavation in August. Using that experience and additional research, I will write a collection of poems to compliment a research reflection paper.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I’m planning to take a gap year after I graduate and then apply to grad schools for a Ph.D in Classical Archaeology. My dream school is NYU!

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