First Teaching Assignment of Graduate School

I got my first teaching assignment of graduate school recently. Even though I’m in Classics, my Masters’ funding is through Anthropology, and I will TA one course per semester for them. This fall, I will TA Intro to Archaeology. My professor said earlier in the summer that I could give a Classics-related lecture, and I sent him a few candidates several weeks ago for him to look through and see what best fits the course as he expects to teach it. He let me know last week that he has me down for a lecture on the Parthenon and Elgin Marbles, though he’s said I can bring in other Ancient Greek stuff, too, if I want. I’m looking forward to the opportunity, as well as other ones in and out of Classics.

The summer is going by very quickly: graduate school starts in four weeks. Wow. I have plenty to do, but the slower pace of summer is definitely nice. My prep work for the fall is going well: I’m working on keeping my Greek and Latin sharp (currently reading Iliad 1 with a friend and Book 1 of Ovid’s Metamorphoses by myself) and am also doing some advance work on German so that I don’t go into my German class this fall at Square 1. I hope everyone who reads this is having a good summer.

That’s all for now. Take care.

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One Chapter Closed and Another Begun

On Saturday the 14th, I graduated from Catholic University with my BA in Classics. It still seems rather surreal. It sank in some when I put my robes on for the first time before Honors Convocation, and it sank in some as I was processing in for Commencement and then as I was getting ready to go across stage and receive my diploma, but other than that, it’s been rather surreal. I’ve done so much work over the last four years and have come so very far in so many ways, but now the pressure is off for a few months, and I am a college graduate and an alumnus of CUA. Wow!

I don’t think it will seem surreal too much longer, though. I took the week after Commencement almost totally off, but I really started last week on what I need to do over the summer to get ready for graduate school this fall. I need to keep my Greek and Latin sharp, and I’m currently rereading Book 1 of Xenophon’s Anabasis and reading part of Book 1 of Caesar’s Gallic Wars. I also need to do some prep work for German, as I will be taking a German class as one of my three courses this fall and do not want to go into that basically at square one.

To anyone reading this who has also just graduated, congratulations! That’s all for now. Take care.

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What Think Ye of Christ?

“What think ye of Christ?” is the test
To try both your state and your scheme;
You cannot be right in the rest
Unless you think rightly of Him.
As Jesus appears in your view—
As He is beloved or not—
So God is disposed to you,
And mercy or wrath is your lot.

Some take Him a creature to be—
A man, or an angel at most;
But they have not feelings like me,
Nor know themselves wretched and lost;
So guilty, so helpless am I,
I durst not confide in His blood
Nor on His protection rely,
Unless I were sure He is God.

Some call Him a Saviour in word,
But mix their own works with His plan;
And hope He His help will afford
When they have done all that they can:
If doings prove rather too light
(Admitting their efforts may fail),
They purpose to make up full weight
By casting His name in the scale.

Some call Him “the pearl of great price”
And say He’s the fountain of joys;
Yet feed upon folly and vice,
And cleave to the world and its toys;
Like Judas the Saviour they kiss,
And while they salute Him, betray;
O what will profession like this
Avail in His terrible day?

If asked what of Jesus I think,
Tho’ still my best thoughts are but poor,
I’ll say He’s my meat and my drink,
My life, and my strength, and my store!
My husband, my trust and my friend,
My Saviour from sin and death’s gall,
My hope from beginning to end,
My portion, my Lord, and my all.

–John Newton

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Recent News

Sorry for not posting in a while: school has kept me pretty busy. Things are going well, though, and my last semester of undergrad is moving (all too) rapidly towards its conclusion. My big news of late is that CUA has accepted me to the MA/Ph.D. program in Classics and that funding has worked out, so I will be back in the fall!

That’s all for now. Take care.

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O Christ, What Burdens Bowed Thy Head!

Happy Easter to all who read this. He is risen!

O Christ, what burdens bowed Thy head!
Our load was laid on Thee;
Thou stoodest in the sinner’s stead,
Didst bear all ill for me.
A victim led, Thy blood was shed;
Now there’s no load for me.

Death and the curse were in our cup:
O Christ, ’twas full for Thee!
But Thou hast drained the last dark drop,
‘Tis empty now for me:
That bitter cup, love drank it up;
Now blessing’s draught for me.

Jehovah lifted up His rod:
O Christ, it fell on Thee!
Thou wast sore stricken of Thy God;
There’s not one stroke for me:
Thy tears, Thy blood beneath it flowed;
Thy bruising healeth me.

Jehovah bade His sword awake:
O Christ, it woke ‘gainst Thee!
Thy blood the flaming blade must slake,
Thy heart its sheath must be:
All for my sake, my peace to make—
Now sleeps that sword for me.

For me, Lord Jesus, Thou hast died,
And I have died in Thee:
Thou art ris’n— my bands are all un-tied,
And now Thou liv’st in me:
When purified, made white, and tried,
Thy glory then for me!

–Ann Ross Cousin

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One Last Semester Underway

Well, the first two weeks of my last semester of college are behind me now, and it’s hard to believe how time flies. I had a good break, and now I’ve had a good start to the semester. I’m taking four classes (not counting the “class” associated with the second half of my senior thesis): Math in the Modern World, Homeric Hymns, Europe in the Reformation Era, and Christian Literary Traditions. Things are going well, but I’ve got plenty of stuff coming up. At the moment, I’m also working on finishing up my graduate school application: I’d like to come back to CUA for some graduate work in Classics before going on to the seminary.

To everyone affected by the snow storm, stay safe! That’s all for now. Take care.

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The Purpose of Christmas

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

–Luke 2:1-20 (ESV)

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Jesus! the Name High Over All

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, and when we sang it in church last Sunday, it reminded me that I had not yet done so.

Jesus! the name high over all, In hell, or earth, or sky:
Angels and men before it fall, And devils fear and fly.
Jesus! the name to sinners dear, The name to sinners giv’n;
It scatters all their guilty fear, It turns their hell to heav’n.

Jesus! the pris’ner’s fetters breaks, And bruises Satan’s head;
Power into strengthless souls it speaks, And life into the dead.
O that the world might taste and see The riches of His grace;
The arms of love that compass me Would all mankind embrace.

His only righteousness I show, His saving truth proclaim;
‘Tis all my bus’ness here below To cry, “Behold the Lamb!”
Happy, if with my latest breath I may but gasp His name;
Preach Him to all, and cry in death, “Behold, behold the Lamb!”

–Charles Wesley

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I’m Still Around

Hi, all. Sorry I disappeared for a while. The back half of the semester had a lot of big assignments in it, but I had a good semester, and everything is done now. (It’s hard to believe that I just have one semester left of college, though.) My classes went well, and my senior thesis requirements for the fall semester are done. In mid to late November, the Department of Greek and Latin, the Classics Club, and the Graduate Student Association hosted CUA’s second Homerathon: we read The Odyssey publicly in English over two days, and we had a great time. I read for the first time this year, and it was great.

That’s all for now. Take care. I hope any other students reading this have a great break.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Sorry for disappearing for a while. Things are going well, but senior year is keeping me busy. Anyway, I hope everyone has had a very happy Thanksgiving, and I hope any fellow students reading this are having a good break.

That’s all for now. I’ll try to post an update before too long.

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