To complete your Greek work for this semester [NOTE: SPRING 2023], I’d like you to write a short (300-600 words) reflection essay in which you consider some (not all) of the following questions:
- What made you want to learn Greek in the first place? How has it lived up to your expectations? How has Greek surprised you?
- What have you gotten out of learning Greek? Beyond simply learning grammar and vocab, what have you learned about languages, history, poetry, the ancient Mediterranean, or yourself?
- What challenges did you face in learning Greek this semester? Were you successful in meeting those challenges? What strategies can you bring with you into the fall, if you’re continuing on?
- What are your hopes for the place of Greek in the rest of your life? Do you plan to keep taking Greek here? Will you try reading Greek on your own? Will it have a lasting effect on you, even if you don’t keep studying it?
- If another student were considering taking Greek, what would you say to talk them into it?
Here are some guidelines for your writing:
- This is an informal piece of writing: it does not need to have citations or bibliography, and can be written in a human, conversational style, the way you would talk to someone asking you these questions.
- This is, however, still a polished piece of writing: you should write a first draft, edit it, find mistakes, improve the style, make sure the flow of thought is clear, strive for a degree of eloquence and insight. It should be free of typos, clear, easy, and pleasant to read.
- Please submit it as a word document or google doc, with ordinary spacing and margins.
- It should be at least 300 words long, but no more than 600 words.
- As always, if you have any questions, contact me.