Kirsten Traudt

Classics, Class of 2020

Photo: Sameer Kahn

I’m a Classics major.

Role(s) held in the Humanistic Studies Program:

Certificate Student, Student Mentor, Symposiarch, Behrman Society

Activities on campus:

Rocky College RCA, Orange Key, Princeton Triangle Club, Princeton University Players

Honors:

Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence (2017-18)

Why I decided to study the humanities:

I chose to study the humanities because I couldn’t stay away; I’ve always valued the ability of humanistic inquiry to give me a deeper and more empathetic understanding of the human experience.

What I have gained from the humanities:

I’ve discovered and rediscovered the world through the eyes of so many individuals during my time at Princeton, which has been such an incredible gift. I take the critical reading and writing skills I’ve developed here into my professional experiences and personal endeavors.

HUM Sequence fall break trip:

I went on the Greece trip with Professors Ben Morison and Stefan Eich, and the experience was life-changing. Seeing places that I had only dreamed about for my entire life with my amazing HUM classmates was a dream come true, and I learned so much from our guide, Aristotle. My independent work focused on the connection between looting and Greek souvenir stores and examined the implications of classifying Ancient Greek culture as the foundation of a “universal” Western culture.

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