My professors challenge me to critically analyze how the past can affect society and now that has become my natural way of thinking.
Updated June 9, 2017: During Commencement, James received the The Herbert Goodman Barrows Prize in Greek, given to the senior with the highest standing in Greek language and literature. Congratulations, James!
"After eight years of Latin before Bucknell, I told myself I would never take a class like it again. But I ended up in Professor Trego's classics course during my first year, and I have never looked back. It's so interesting to learn about human intelligence before modern technology and other resources existed. Now I take Greek!
"The greatest thing about my major is the discussions we have about ancient texts and how they affected the world at that time. So many of my classmates and professors have different interpretations of the texts, and this leads to really compelling conversations about how people that lived thousands of years ago are not that different than we are today.
"Even though these books are from so long ago, they are still relevant to the modern world. That's what I find so fascinating about classics. My professors challenge me to critically analyze how the past can affect society and now that has become my natural way of thinking.
"Since I am so engrossed in the intersection between the past and present that classics creates, I plan to pursue a summer research project with Professor Parks, classics & ancient Mediterranean studies. I want to write a modern epic: a contemporary story that follows all of the standards of a traditional epic. If I'm able to accomplish my research project and publish it, I will have written my own book at age 20. That sounds pretty amazing to me."
James is from Brooklyn, N.Y.