A Love for Ancient History

Scholarship Entrant: Ashley from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Ashley: 7

My interest in ancient history began back in middle school when I came across the myth of Hercules and I remembered watching Disney’s Hercules when I was younger. Curious, I read the Greek tale and was astonished to find that it was nothing like the movie. After that, I dove into Greek mythology to discover what other myths had been misrepresented in other sources I had seen.

The myths of Ancient Greece and Rome stemmed to Ancient Egypt, where I became interested in the gods and the culture of the empire. I immersed myself in the history of these civilizations, which led to my knowledge of other civilizations. Though I has discovered many historical events and myths, there is still so much I can learn about these various types of history.

This is why I’m majoring in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State University, so I can pursue my search for the truth behind the stories and the histories by becoming a professor, and then later an archaeologist. I intend to go to graduate school after college to become a professor and begin my teaching career. I would hope to introduce students to the ancient world and show them how much has changed since then. By becoming an archaeologist, I could search for the hidden treasures buried under the Egyptian sands or decipher the ancient languages carved onto the tombs in which ancient nobles were buried in, which I could easily do for the rest of my life.

Vote for Ashley: 7

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