On February 15th LMU welcomed twenty prospective students and their families to partake in the interview process to gain admission to the Honors Program. This was the second annual Honors Day in which prospective LMU students who qualified interview in hope for admission to the Honors Program. I was part of the first group to participate in Honors Day, so this was the first time I was on the other side of the interview process. It was such a big day for me!
Walking to class sometimes feels like I’m doing this!
Check-in began at the Hamilton Math and Science Building at 10:30 a.m., and those of us already in the program who were helping had to be there thirty minutes prior. Merry, my suite-mate who is in the Honors Program with me, and I volunteered to help out together and we were both excited to meet the incoming freshmen! Because of the massive amount of snow that accumulated here in Harrogate that week, and the distance between Mitchell Hall, my dorm, and the Hamilton building, it was necessary for us to leave a little early in order to walk there in time. There’s one perk to living in the mountains in the winter: you quickly learn how to walk on snow and even ice without falling (or without people seeing you!) or slipping too much! Walking to class when it’s snowy and icy surely adds a sense of adventure to my day!
I love words. My favorite part about words has always been language- ever since I was younger I loved talking (only to those who knew me best), listening, and reading more than anything else. Many people who have known me for quite some time are not surprised that I became an English major. In fact, many say that I was born to become one! However, my love for words has not remained only in English. Much of my love for words finds itself in dusty Latin books or in the corners of the world I may only get to travel to in the books I read.
High school was the first time I had any formal foreign language education and it set the course for my love for it in college. I took three years of Latin and was a member of the Tennessee Junior Classical League (TJCL), a society of middle and high school Latin students who participated in a variety of state-wide competitions. Students can do anything from art pieces and skits, to sports and academic testing. My freshman year, my high school’s Latin club went to the TJCL competition in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and I took the Vocabulary Level I and Grammar Level I academic tests. To prepare for this, my Latin teacher gave me about twenty pages of Latin vocabulary to study about one month away from the competition. I carried that list around with me everywhere! With all the studying I did, I was able to place 4th in vocabulary and 22nd in grammar. With hundreds of students taking the test and me placing so high, I was overjoyed with my accomplishments!
A lot of people I talked to prior to the Gatlinburg competition wondered why I was so into looking at all of those sheets of vocabulary. All I could think to say was that I couldn’t get enough of it. The sense of accomplishment when I was able to figure out what a word in English meant by remembering its Latin cognate was incomparable. I was not only learning Latin, but I was also learning how my own native language developed. I began to realize that you can’t quite fully understand your own language and culture until you know where it comes from. The same love for language I had when I was younger has since followed me here to LMU and has greatly shaped who I am and who I hope to become. Continue reading