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Kalamazoo College

Danielle Gin

Chandler, Arizona
Study Abroad:
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Cherry Garcia
Best Adjective to Describe You:
Queer As Heck

In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
If you like analyzing the words/actions of long-dead people, this department is for you.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I have been fascinated with ancient civilizations since childhood and knew that I wanted to study Classics when I started taking Latin in the seventh grade. I have remained interested because my professors and colleagues are constantly challenging me to view the texts and histories from different perspectives.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Don’t let people convince you that Classics isn’t worth your time. Studying it has only given me a deeper understanding of my other passions.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Studying the Latin and Greek Poetry contributed to my growth as a poet. Examining ancient cultures has strengthened my ability to look at past and current events with a multi-cultural view.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
That we are all justified in standing up for what we believe is right, but must always keep an open mind and strive to improve our understanding of what we have not experienced.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class was a Greek class in which we translated Sophocles’ Philoctetes. Elizabeth Manwell is an amazing professor, who made the class more of a conversation than a lesson.

What is your SIP?
For my SIP I am writing a collection of poetry attempting to share the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I want to be an educator. I intend to start out teaching Latin and Greek, but I won’t pretend to know what I will end up doing years from now.

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