Classics and English double major
Oak Park High School
Kansas City, MO
Eta Sigma Phi
National Senior Classical League
Honors or Recognition:
2010-11 Megas Prytanis (National Grand President) of Eta Sigma Phi, 2010-11 National Historian of the National Senior Classical League, 2009-10 National Parliamentarian of the National Senior Classical League, 2009-10 President of the Missouri Senior Classical League, 2009-10 Grammateus (Recording Secretary) of Truman’s Eta Sigma Phi chapter, 2007-9 Vice President of the Missouri Senior Classical League
Presenter at the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Student Research Conferences
What attracted you to Truman?
The primary factor that attracted me to Truman is the small size of the campus and of the student population. That combined with the low tuition cost, and recommendations from several alumni made Truman an easy choice.
What has surprised you about Truman?
One thing that surprised me about Truman was the opportunities presented for student research and support for conferences. I was able to present at the SRC and work with a professor one-on-one with a paper, even as a freshman.
What do you like most about your classes?
What I like most is how knowledgeable and friendly the professors are; I have never had a bad professor here.
What do you feel is unique about Truman?
I think one thing that is unique about this university is that the focus is all on the undergraduates; we are the primary focus of the faculty and staff, and they really do care about our success.
Have you studied abroad, done an internship, or participated in undergraduate research?
I studied abroad last summer on a faculty-lead course in Greece. We spent 3.5 weeks exploring the country. Before we left, we wrote papers, and then presented them at the sites that we wrote them on; there’s nothing quite like writing a paper about a Greek temple, and then getting to read it while you stand in its shadow.
I have participated in the Student Research Conference every year I have been at Truman. I have done work on Agha Shahid Ali, and Assia Djebar in English and Catullus in Classics.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school to eventually obtain a PhD in Classics and teach.
What do you do for fun in Kirksville?
The Greek restaurant in town is a great place to eat, and one can have a lot of fun just hanging out with friends at home, or exploring Kirksville and the surrounding country. There are also many great cultural opportunities during the year, including the Foreign Film Festival.