Paul Brazinski '11
"Football builds character and values that carry through to the classroom. Our coaches and our academic mentor, Professor Rivka Ulmer, really push us to make sure we understand that we are scholar-athletes."
Classics: Basking Ridge, N.J.
"I played football in high school and wanted to continue in college. I was looking for a school with a solid football tradition and tremendous academics, and Bucknell fit the bill. Bucknell lets students choose their majors at the end of sophomore year, so I knew I'd have some time to explore my options and decide. When I came for my official visit, as soon as I stepped onto the campus, I said to myself, 'Yes, this is the place where I would have the opportunity to excel academically.'"
"In the Greek Civilization course I took my freshman year, Professor Kevin Daly talked about his archeological digs at the Athenian Agora — the birthplace of Athenian democracy, where Socrates and Pericles would have walked. I thought that the opportunity to dig there would be incredible. With Professor Daly's help, I applied to and was accepted to be part of the excavations at the Agora this past summer, after I had finished a semester of study in Athens at the Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Mediterranean and Balkan Studies and Research.
"The highlight of my study abroad was definitely seeing in person how magnificent these ancient buildings are. While I was in Athens I also found a church, The Little Metropolis, about which I am writing my honors thesis. I am using the symbolism in the church as well as the religious and political atmosphere of the time to estimate a construction date, which most scholars agree was sometime between 1188 and 1456 A.D."
"I play offensive line on the football team. I am not a current starter, but I've played a decent amount. The Bucknell football team is a tremendous group of guys, my best friends on campus. Football builds character and values that carry through to the classroom. Our coaches and our academic mentor, Professor Rivka Ulmer, really push us to make sure we understand that we are scholar-athletes. Last year I co-founded the Classics Club with Wenonah Nelson ('10). The club's goal is to promote the study of the classics at Bucknell. This year we hope to have events such as a Roman feast or a museum trip.
"I also like that there are so many opportunities to try new things at Bucknell. I started dancing here — ballet and jazz — and fell in love with it. In the spring I plan to be on stage for the second time in the Bucknell Choreographers' Showcase, where we dance pieces choreographed by other students."
Posted Jan. 18, 2011