I am immensely fortunate and grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in this year’s Council of Independent Colleges’ (CIC) seminar, covering the topic of the Verbal Art of Plato as an intern at the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS). I was able to both assist the participants of the seminar with live notes and video streaming, and to join in on discussion with my own insights on the works of Plato we read. My own area of interest at my university is more focused on history and language of Classics than on philosophy, so the subject of this seminar helped me to expand my understanding of that area. Interacting with professors in this experience set outside of a classroom allowed me to gain more personal insights and miscellaneous subjects than I would have the chance to in a course setting.
This seminar has improved my appreciation for what it takes for a professor to design a course, both in the logistical and conceptual aspects. Sitting in on discussion sessions where the collaborative and integrated nature of a course’s design are emphasized, I can understand better the type of course that Sunoikisis wants to put together. The consortium has a mission to bring colleges together and improve collaboration and technology for Classics studies around the country, all of which are goals this seminar reflected. I will be signing up for any Sunoikisis classes I can find in the rest of my academic career.
I would like to thank the following people for guiding and making me feel at home through the course of this internship: Greg Nagy, Kenny Morrell, and Emily Kohut. I would like to thank Leonard Muellner and Joel Christensen for encouraging me to apply to and accept this internship position. Thanks is also deserved to the CHS custodial and culinary staff for providing a comfortable and delicious stay during my time at the Center. The CHS has provided me with guidance and encouragement in my academic studies for the future. If I get an opportunity in the future, I would absolutely return to the Center in one way or another.