Hometown: Holland, MI
Majors: Classical Civilizations & English Literature
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey
Best Adjective to Describe You: Classic
In 10 words or less, why should someone want to be a part of this department?
The movie 300 speaks for itself.
When did you know you wanted to study this area? What pathway led you to this department?
I took four years of Latin in high school, but thought I’d major in something “useful” in college. I took classics courses because they were interesting for me due to my Latin background, and then ended up loving the department so much I became a major! Passion is useful too.
What is the best way to get (and stay) connected to this department?
The department is small enough that just seeking out professors in the department is a good way to keep in contact with the department. Otherwise, taking classics courses is the best way to stay connected.
What would you miss the most if you were no longer a part of this department?
The professors. And the Gladiator references.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Eventually, I hope to possibly work either in non-profit work or get a masters in library science in order to work in archiving or reference librarianship.
What has been the biggest surprise you have encountered at K?
DeWaters is actually the best dorm to live in. No, really!
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I love classics because it incorporates so many other majors that I am interested in. Within classics you can take religion courses, art history courses, language and literature classes, philosophy courses, or classes on politics and war. I love the Latin language, and I love Greek and Roman religion, and art, and studying politics. It’s a wonderful major for those who like history and want a major with a bit of everything.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Studies in Film. I love taking film courses, and think the study of media is vital in a good education because it’s such a huge part of our lives. Learning to think critically about film helped me think about historiography, and the representation of ancient history in modern films.
What is your SIP?
Still in progress, but either a research paper looking at the representation of witches and magic in Latin literature or a study on ancient Greek Orphism.