In the style of Buzzfeed or should I say Bombi-tabula, here are my tips:
1. Latin Academy hits the ground running, so there really won’t be a lot of down time. If you do have a lot of down time, then there are a bunch of things you COULD be doing. Carpe Academiam!
2. Elections are held in the first couple days. Because they’re so early, it’s hard to get to know people really well, so don’t take it personally if you don’t win. You can still be friends with everybody and there will still be plenty of opportunities for you.
3. If you do something awesome- you may be awarded with Praemia Fabulosa!
4. Business casual for classes and guest speakers basically means if you can wear it to the gym then don’t wear it to class. A dress or a combination of skirt/khaki pants/slacks and blouse/collared shirt seems to be most accepted but jeans may work as well.
5. It sucks to be locked out of your bathroom, so don't toi-let this happen to your suite-mate! Sometimes signs of “occupied/unoccupied” work well. If you are locked out and it is an emergency, there is a bathroom in the downstairs lobby.
6. In the dining hall there are always vegetarian options, although the vegan options are lacking.
7. Tell people to mail you things. Epistulae is a really exciting part of the day. With that said it’s not a measure of love for who gets the most and biggest packages. It’s only 3 weeks after all.
8. The teachers are incredible. They’ve even been referred to as the “dream team.” You can always ask them questions and it’s totally okay to ask for help. No one can perfectly understand everything. Also the teachers are really fun!
9. You can talk to the RA’s. You might have thought you already knew this, but we’re really here for you. We believe in creating a safe zone for all genders, religions, sexual orientations, mental health concerns, and physical abilities. We can also help you with Greek!
10. Everyone who takes Latin is a little special, so don’t be afraid to let your nerdy or weird out. This can be one of the most fun experiences of high school– and the friendships really can last. Don’t hold back!
11. You got in! This really is an honor and the other students are smart, but so are you!
There are some secrets we can’t tell just anyone though... so you’ll have to come experience Latin Academy MMXVI for yourself!
-Grace McIntire, Resident Assistant
This blog will document the MMXVI session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy. After elections are held, the aediles will be responsible for its upkeep.
Download these and use them to help with packing:
GLA Clothing Checklist
GLA Essentials Checklist
GLA School Supplies & Optional Checklist
Again, these are not required and I would only get one from each category, if any.
a. Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency
b. Cassell's Concise Latin-English, English-Latin Dictionary
c. Collins Latin Concise Dictionary
a. Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners
b. Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon Abridged
c. Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary
Daily Life Books
a. Everyday Life in Ancient Rome
b. Peoples of the Roman World
c. A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome
d. Daily Life in the Roman City
You will need Roman clothing for several of our activities. You might not always have much time between these events, so you might want to bring more than one outfit.
An Overview I & II
Simple Tunica, Stola, and Palla Patterns
Legio XX's Civilian Clothing
Another Simple Dress Pattern
Simple Tunic and Toga Patterns
Legio XX's Military Clothing
Officers of the Academy
Consules: Mitch and Graham
Censores: Liz and Blake
Praetores: Bryant and Elizabeth Ne
Aediles: Kathryn and Anshu
Tribunes: Kirby Ann and Will
Quaestores: Analise and Ben G