The 2012-2013 school year was tough-tough-tough. I worked really, really hard to the point where everything that wasn’t course-related (including sleep) was demoted to second-class status. It wasn’t pretty. In fact, if rocking back and forth in the fetal position while clutching a copy of Iamblichus’ On The Mysteries isn’t the sign of a nervous breakdown, I’m not sure what is*.
I also had a total crisis (beyond the above mentioned one). Looking ahead to grad school, it seemed if I wanted to keep studying all this groovy ancient religion stuff, my program would require some big changes. While I could certainly see the benefit, I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to the additional coursework, not to mention the extra year of study. At the same time, I didn’t want to limit myself after graduation.
Finally, I bit the bullet and contacted York’s Classical Studies department. I talked with the program coordinator. I talked with my professors. I even contacted the chair of a potential graduate program. If I was going to switch things up so late in the game, I wanted to be as informed as possible.
This is all a long way of saying what many an undergrad has said before me: I changed my major.
I’d like to believe that the universe provides clues when one is on the right path. Not to say that we get a free ride (certainly not in my case), but that along the way we get a gentle nudge that says “keep going.” Needless to say, I was extremely grateful when I found out I had been given the 2012-2013 Classics Award.
Obviously, I would like to thank Professor Anne-Marie Lewis for this award, as well as for her time and patience. As the Coordinator for the Classical Studies Programme, she endured much blither-blather as I went back and forth over my options with her. Nevertheless, she was always supportive and helpful. I would also like to thank Professor Sarah Blake for sharing her advice as well as suggesting others who could help me with my decision. I’ve been fortunate to take courses from both these professors, and have benefited greatly from their expertise and guidance.
What’s next? More Greek. It’s also time to start Latin…and I still have a few credits to fulfill for my Religious Studies minor. But now it’s time to move forward into the ancient world!
*Sadly, I am not making this story up. It really happened.