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​An Alumna's View

Kathryn Caliva ’10

I spent my four years at PC studying Classics, which meant developing relationships with classmates and professors, taking advantage of opportunities for independent studies, and enjoying an academically enriching curriculum. 

For most of my time at PC, I had no idea that I would go on to study Classics in graduate school. Although I didn’t know where I would end up after graduation, I did knew that the language, critical thinking, and writing skills that I was developing as I studied Latin, Greek, ancient philosophy, and history would serve me well when I finally figured it out. I was interested in ancient history before coming to PC, but I didn’t know how much there was to learn until I enrolled in Classics courses. The more I studied the ancient world, the more I wanted to study it. In seven years (and counting) I have never felt that I could know enough. 

What drew me to Classics as an undergraduate is what keeps me interested in the field now: the feeling that somewhere beneath the marble statues is a diverse and vibrant world that is waiting to be discovered and understood. What has allowed me to continue my work in Classics beyond PC is the guidance and training that I received while still there, which came in the form of small classes, advanced seminars, and professors who were knowledgeable, engaging, and interested in my success.​