History, Culture, and Archaeology of Greece
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Seth Hamel

Liberal Arts Major: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Other Major: World Language Education, Latin
Minor: Latin, Greek
Hometown: Woodbine, MD
Experience Time: Spring 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I have been taking classes in Athens about the ancient world. Some of these classes have taken place in a classroom, while others take place on site around the city of Athens. On the weekends we visit various ancient sites throughout Greece, such as Olympia, Crete, and Delphi.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Being able to witness the objects of my studies in person has truly given me a deeper understanding and respect of the ancient world. Additionally, I have been engaging in a deeper level of education about the interactions between Greek and Roman culture, which is extremely relevant to my intended field of study.

"Being able to witness the objects of my studies in person has truly given me a deeper understanding and respect of the ancient world."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

By pursuing a career in the classics, I will doubtless need to work in and around Greece in my future. My familiarity with modern Greek culture and language will be extremely helpful for this. Furthermore, it has opened my eyes to the potentials of a career in archaeology; while I am still mostly interested in working in philology, I am certainly open to the possibilities of archaeology!

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The CAMS faculty was extremely helpful in recommending this program to me, while my academic advisor helped me to devise a schedule which allowed me to attend. Furthermore, the kindness of the Liberal Arts Enrichment Fund program allowed me to be able to afford this trip.

For more information on education abroad for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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