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Student Success: Ari Anderson

I graduated from UGA in 2019. I arrived in Athens my freshman year with broad plans of attending law school after graduation, but lacked any specific direction of the path I would take to get there. I settled on political science as my major and began the process of choosing my classes for the fall, which led me to enrolling in an elective titled Introductory to Greek Mythology taught by Dr. John Nicholson. What I did not know at the time was that this course would awaken an academic curiosity that I had not yet experienced. I finished that semester feeling inspired and craved the opportunity to take more courses in the classics department. I continued taking courses with Dr. Erika Hermanowicz, whose teaching challenged me to reevaluate what it means to think critically and communicate those thoughts with intention. Thanks to these courses, I developed as both a student and a person, having gained skills necessary to succeed moving forward and relationships with mentors that supported me along the way. I moved on to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law and now work as an attorney at a law firm in New York, where even today that challenge to think critically and communicate with intention resonates as I confront the issues of the day. To put it shortly, I would not be where I am or who I am today without the dedicated professors in the Classics department at UGA.

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UGA Classics explores Greek and Roman culture (material; intellectual; religious) from Troy to Augustine; Classical languages and literatures (Greek, Latin, and in English translation); and the reception of Classical Antiquity with A.B. and M.A. Classics degrees with multiple areas of emphasis. Double Dawgs degrees focus on careers in Historic Preservation and World Language Education. Minor degrees in Classical Culture and Classics and Comparative Cultures complement degree programs across campus. New to Classics? Take a course with us on campus or in Europe and acquire future-ready skills.

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