Today was our final day in Greece. We spent our final class hours in the National Archaeology Museum, and while some of us didn’t give it a second thought, we were able to classify pottery with so much more ease than when PCC set us to the same task ten weeks before. You know what that means?
We grew! We know so much more than we did when we started this trip, some of us as sophomores and some as juniors, and now we move up to juniors and seniors. I’m proud of us.
I’m proud of us for so many reasons. It’s not just that we walk away able to tentatively say “I’m an archaeologist, I have a database on the past and its wonders in my mind, I love Athens and hate the Persians, the Derveni Krater is the most beautiful thing on this Earth and that’s not just me making fun of PCC,” but that we walk away with irreplaceable experiences and as people who feel like they know themselves just a little bit more with the help of two great profs, a handsome TA, and ten of the most amazing people I have ever met.
We walk away with the Greek countryside etched into our minds and our hands, with all its hardships and beauties impressed upon us forever. The soil of endless rolling mountains and plains will stay stuck under our fingernails and the sea salt will remain in our lungs forever. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and I think I can safely speak for us all when I say this: to the twelve other people on this trip, thank you. To the ten other students, I love you, I miss you, and I can’t wait to see you again.
We walk away hand in hand, strong despite the tears, knowing this was the best three months of our lives.
Victoria Corwin and my ten new best friends: Max Barg, Michael Bodek, Ben Bonner, Saphfire Brown, Grace Caldwell, Tim Conner, Natalie Ferneau, Max Frankel, Shania Kee, Dan Pomerantz
Thanks for following.
A note from DA TA Tim Shea
I wanted to send my deepest thanks to Professor Paul Christesen, Professor Julie Hruby, and to the Dartmouth Foreign Study Programs Office for allowing me to be an assistant on this program. I am thankful that Duke let me slip away for semester in order to be an assistant on this FSP. All parties were accommodating leading up to and throughout the trip, and made me feel like I was part of the Dartmouth community.
I also wanted to extend a warm thank you to the students who participated in the program. Being surrounded by such intellectually engaged and mature students reminds me why I entered this field in the first place and revitalized my passion for the ancient world. I hope that all of you will stay in touch with me over the years.
To the friends and family members who followed the blog, you are lucky to have such brilliant men and women in your lives. I hope that those of you who followed along were able to get a sense of the scope of this FSP and the joys and turmoils that any trip like this entails.
Thanks again to all involved,