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Kaitlyn Greiner

Ann Arbor, MI
Classical Civilization and Biology
Study Abroad:
Copenhagen, Denmark
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Black Cherry
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In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Ancient philosophy, downright strange mythology, and overwhelming phallic imagery!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I was initially drawn to the Classics department because I had heard amazing things about the faculty, and I fulfilled my language requirement in Latin. The information I learned in my freshman year, as well as the passion with which the professors teach, draws me back.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Get started early! Don’t wait to start working on the language requirements especially. The fun introductory classes especially are a great introduction to the department, for people who have never taken a classics course before.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I’m interested in women’s representation and rights, and in many of my classics courses I’ve learned about the portrayal of women in antiquity, which is fascinating to compare to how women are represented today.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I’ve learned to appreciate my support system (my family and friends) in times of stress.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Topics in Latin: Catullus, because he was such a witty and acerbic poet, and he was quite touchy with his masculinity. The way we discussed his works in class made me appreciate him more than if I had simply read his works without the context.

What is your SIP?
The dual role of the immunoproteasome in mediating immune system response to adenovirus infection and in exacerbating viral myocarditis.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I plan to attend medical school after I graduate from K, and eventually specialize in either endocrinology or anesthesiology.

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