Alexia Martinez

Philosophy, Class of 2020

I’m a Philosophy major with a certificate in Cognitive Science.

Role(s) held in the Humanistic Studies Program:

Humanities Mentor, Behrman Society

Activities on campus:

Princeton Faith and Action (NOVA) member, Princeton Running Club participant, Pace Center for Civic Engagement student leader and volunteer, Concepts and Cognition Laboratory research assistant, and Real Food Co-op president


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Why I decided to study the humanities:

Personally, seeing the human creative spirit manifested in the humanities drew me to the field. I’d always felt that engaging with the humanities opened me to realms of possibilities while challenging me to think about my own convictions. I decided to study philosophy because I enjoyed thinking deeply about the world and my place in it. Philosophy gives me tools to analyze and appreciate the possible worlds that literature gives me to imagine and explore. Altogether, the humanities shape me to seek out the stories that each human being has and equip me to keep crafting my own.

What I have gained from the humanities:

The class trips to museums, plays, and international experiences I’ve gotten through classes have all only strengthened my belief that literature and art connects us to human experience across place and time.

I also enjoy the new approach to reading I found from courses in the Program in Humanistic Studies. I had previously assumed that reading was a quite individual endeavour: the classic introvert’s pastime. Throughout the HUM Sequence, it was delightful to confront a book this way myself at first, but it was so engaging afterwards to bring it into conversation with a group of others. This corporate approach to reading was reflected in the incredible team of faculty, coming from across disciplines in the humanities to share our “readings.”

HUM Sequence fall break trip:

I participated in the HUM trip to Greece led by Professor Benjamin Morison. We primarily lived in Athens, where I conducted independent work to explore the physical formation of the Areopagus, as I considered its historical, religious, and political significance.

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