Wondering what Classics majors do after Princeton? Read on to learn what our alumni have been doing in the year or two since graduation, and their plans for the future.
Nicole Fegeas ‘10
“I graduated in 2010 with a concentration in Classics (on the Classical Studies track) and two certificates, Creative Writing and Women and Gender Studies (now Gender and Sexuality Studies). For the past two years I was working in India as a Fellow in Teach for India. I was placed in a low-income private school in Mumbai, as a 2nd and 3rd grade class teacher. The experience can really only be described as a series of moments, moments like the moment I realized nearly no one knew English, the moment a child first read "cat," the moment my students were translators for their parents, the moment a child who could only read one word of English now could read third grade stories, the moment I sat as secretary as my students wrote their first film, the moment a boy refused to stay for a goodbye hug because he didn't want me to see him cry. It was an exhausting whirlwind of an experience, but worth every moment. Currently I am working for Beliefnet as a Junior Multimedia Editor and am preparing for graduate school. I hope to pursue a Master's Degree in either Social Work or Gender Studies.”
Nadirah Farah Foley '11
“Since 9th grade, I'd always thought I'd be a Latin teacher; I loved education and I loved Latin, so it seemed a natural choice. Not too long after commencement, however, I realized that, although Latin is the love of my intellectual life, I didn't want to be a teacher. Tossing caution to the wind, I left behind student teaching and took a job as an admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania; in that capacity, I'm responsible for managing a region, identifying and recruiting talented students, evaluating the applications, helping in the selection process, and encouraging admitted students to matriculate. I'm also taking classes part-time at Penn's Graduate School of Education and working towards a master's in higher ed.”
Julie Gianakon ‘11
“After graduating in 2011, I taught Latin to grades 5-10 at Tall Oaks Classical School in New Castle, Delaware. Princeton's challenging and rewarding Classics program well prepared me for this experience. My coursework, junior papers, and senior thesis guided me in developing my own curricula, and the enthusiasm and dedication of my professors were inspiring examples. This fall, I will embark upon a new field as I begin a postbac premed program at the University of Pennsylvania. I am certain that the mental discipline and analytic skills I developed as a Classics student will be of great value to me as a physician.”
Julie Chang '12
Upon graduating in June 2012, I moved to --of all places--Almaty, Kazakhstan. I’m currently a Princeton-in-Asia Fellow at KIMEP University (KIMEP stands for the 'Kazakh Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research'). Next year, I'll be joining the Natural Resources Defense Council in Beijing, as I apply either for a J.D. program in International Law or a Masters degree in Human Geography, starting Fall 2014. My undergraduate degree in Classics (to be more specific, Classical Studies - Late Antique Culture) was spectacularly interdisciplinary, and continues to inform my personal and professional life in unexpected ways. I'm not sure what the coming years will bring, but I'm sure the Classics Department has prepared me well!
We want to hear from you!
Please join us for next year’s Classics Alumni Breakfast, or write to let us know about your post-Princeton pursuits and your reflections as you look back on your experience as a Classics student. We look forward to hearing your news!
Reunions Breakfast 2012