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Whether Classics or CCIV Majors, students in Classical Studies build strong analytical, critical and language skills that they can apply to anything. Click here for a breakdown of what our majors for the last 10 years are doing now.
WHAT OUR ALUMS SAY:
Emily Palmer ’08
Classical Studies Major 2008
I did not decide to major in Classics with an eye towards a future in academia. I decided to major in Classics simply because I loved the material, and I thought the program at Wesleyan was exceptional – great professors, small classes, small major. I decided to major in Classics because I thought that the Classics department offered me the best possible education I could have gotten at Wesleyan, and while there’s no way to prove it, I think I was right.
I now run a small organic farm on Martha’s Vineyard, growing vegetables, cut flowers, and pastured poultry for retail sales. People are often surprised when I tell them about my background. I will admit that my career path is perhaps a little unconventional. But I think that in academia as well as in trades, what matters more than specific content is the acquisition of skills. My time in the Classics department taught me how to ask questions effectively, how to build relationships with mentors, how to collaborate with peers. I graduated Wesleyan with an intimate knowledge of the Aeneid, sure, and that’s a nifty thing to have, but I also carry with me the ability to think critically and research broadly, and those are the skills that really help me plan crop rotations and take on the day-to-day questions of a life in farming.
Amy Nebenaus ’07
Classical Studies Major 2007
When I began studying Classics at Wesleyan, I was fairly certain that I wanted to go to medical school. Although the more common path for such a goal would be a science heavy major, I had taken many science classes in high school and wanted to try something different. Classics certainly does not give one the same preparation for medical school that a biology or chemistry major does. Rather, it gave me a different, equally important preparation. In my Latin classes we would read a body of work and discuss it in terms of both language and literary content. The language discussion is more detail oriented, while the literary aspects involve the work as a whole. In the first year of medical school we learn how to take a medical history from a patient and do some aspects of the physical exam. It is crucial to get as many details as possible from the patient about his or her current concern, but we also take an account of the person's life in general. Afterwards, we will discuss the case with doctors who have completed their training. Talking about the details of a patient's history is like analyzing the usage of one word in the entirety of the Aeneid. The word would be meaningless without the rest of the text, however, and a patient is not just their symptoms, but a mosaic composed of many pieces. Not only did I practice this thinking throughout my study of Classics, but I also discussed my thoughts with students and professors in small seminar classes. This is not always something science majors get to do in college, and doing it through the venue of Classics has prepared me even better for some aspects of medical school than my fellow classmates.
After graduating from University of Texas law school, Brigid joined as an attorney in the real estate group of Nathan Sommers Jacobs in Houston, Texas. Her practice focuses on the representation of developers/borrowers in real estate acquisitions, financing and development for retail, multi-family, office, and industrial projects.
"I found my background in Classics to be quite valuable as a law school student and even more so once I began practicing" Brigid observes. "Classics provided a great foundation in reading and writing. As a transactional attorney, writing clearly and avoiding ambiguity are critical. Latin and Greek instill an attention to detail and mindfulness of alternate interpretations which help in spotting potential ambiguities in contracts."
In her spare time, Brigid continues to enjoy playing squash with the small, but devoted group of squash players in Houston.
Josua Borenstein '97
The Hartford Courant reports that Joshua Borenstein ’97 has been the named the Long Wharf Theatre’s managing director after a national search. He will oversee a $5 million budget and a staff of 64 full-time employees.
Borenstein held the job of interim managing director for the past six months and previously worked at the theater from 2003 to 2007 in several positions, most recently as associate managing director. For the last two years, he was project manager with the arts research firm, AMS in Fairfield.
Before joining Long Wharf, he worked at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company through Theatre Communications Group’s’ New Generations: Mentoring the Leaders of Tomorrow program.
Borenstein has a master’s of fine arts in theater management from the Yale School of Drama and a bachelor of arts with honors in classical civilization from Wesleyan. He is married to Katherine Hsu Hagmann ’98, an attorney with Bershstein Volfe and McKeon.