Study Tour of Roman History and Archaeology
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Haven Harrington

Liberal Arts Major: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Minor: German
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Over the course of 18 days, we studied Rome's history as we visited ancient ruins throughout the city of Rome and even Pompeii. Our class was able to visit wonders such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Pompeii, the Mausoleum of Augustus and so much more. It was a truly enriching and remarkable experience to learn about these ruins and their rich history firsthand rather than from the pages of a textbook.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This study abroad experience significantly enhanced my academic experience at Penn State. Being able to study history on-site allows for a much more thorough academic experience than a standard classroom can provide. This experience allowed me to walk the same stone streets as the Romans did 2,000 years ago and it allowed me to examine the magnificence of these ancient ruins with my own eyes. Being able to see (and sometimes touch) such historically significant ruins in one of the most prosperous cities in all of history was highly impactful.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience introduced me to some of the most amazing, knowledgeable professors in the field which inspire me to continue my education beyond a degree in Classics. On an optional trip to Florence, Prof. Hanses introduced the group to one of his colleagues who is pursuing their Ph.D. in Classics in both Florence and Heidelberg, Germany. She provided me with helpful advice about Ph.D. programs outside of the United States that could greatly impact by career goal of being a researcher and professor in Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

"This experience introduced me to some of the most amazing, knowledgeable professors in the field which inspire me to continue my education beyond a degree in Classics."

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts helped me succeed in this experience by providing me with funds to participate in this study abroad program in Rome. Without the financial aid provided by the College of the Liberal Arts Enrichment Funding Program, I would not have been able to attend this remarkable program. Furthermore, the professors on this trip provided us all with a great learning experience despite the challenges that came with international travel in a post-2020 world. With the help of Professors Hanses, Nabel and Wheeler, I was able to academically succeed in this experience and gain a better knowledge of Roman history.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

Being a Paterno Fellow within the College of the Liberal Arts helps me strive to get the most out of my experience at Penn State. The PFP pushed me to participate in this study abroad experience through the CAMS department, and it helped fund the experience as well. I'm proud to be part of a program that encourages students to strive for greatness and enriching academic experiences that go beyond the standard classrooms at Penn State.

For more information on education abroad for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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