Classics informs science
"My Latin class ended up being one of my favorite classes at Bucknell. The whole language is kind of like solving a puzzle. It has also really helped me with learning the Latin names for species in biology."
Lindsay Schwartz '14, animal behavior and classics
"My first classics experience was actually on Admitted Students Day. All the different departments were offering short sample classes, so that you could see what they were like. I went to one with my parents about Homer and we were all blown away. I knew that I wanted to take more classics courses when I got to campus, so I took Roman Civilization my first semester. It was so interesting that I just wanted to know more. I originally thought about minoring. But, then I worked out fitting in the major because I wanted to take as many classes as I could. I absolutely love it.
"You have to take either ancient Greek or Latin for a year as part of the major. Normally, I'm really bad with languages, so I wasn't looking forward to it. But my Latin class ended up being one of my favorite classes at Bucknell. The whole language is kind of like solving a puzzle. It has also really helped me with learning the Latin names for species in biology – I actually understand now why things are named the way they are. So, it was nice that Latin allowed me to connect my two majors.
"I never thought I would go abroad, but coming to Bucknell made me want to have that experience. I know a lot of people go to Europe, but I really felt I wanted to do something different. I chose a program in Tanzania that focused on wildlife conservation and political ecology. It was so exciting to go on a safari and see animals up close like that. But it was also great to have other experiences. I learned Swahili, lived with a Tanzanian family and learned about the country's politics and economy. I don't normally take those kinds of courses at school, so I got to do something that I wouldn't have done otherwise."
Lindsay is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Posted November 4, 2013