As you prepare to come to academy I wanted to address a couple of the things that I have noticed both as a student and in my previous year as an RA.
The first thing I'd like to talk about is letter writing. When I attended as a student I only brought a couple stamps and ended up regretting it and needed to use stamps from my fellow students. As students, your correspondence with the outside world will primarily take the form of letters, and I very much enjoyed having access to that outlet. I highly encourage everyone to bring more envelopes and stamps then you think you'll want or need because a lot of people end up writing more than expected. Additionally I encourage you to get addresses for friends and family you might want to write so you can if the mood strikes you. You can also reach out to those same people to send you letters and care packages to help you settle in at academy. If you need the address it should be in your packet as well as on the side bar on this page.
The second thing I'd like to address is clothing and laundry. First of all it has been mentioned previously that you should plan to dress in layers, as the dorms can get pretty cold and it will be very warm outside, but I'd like to reiterate it. Having a sweatshirt with you if you get cold will make your time at academy more comfortable. You should also plan on having some clothes that you don't mind getting dirty/sweaty as there will be some opportunity for athletic events, and some events will involve paint that might stain clothing. As far as how much clothing to bring to academy you will have ample opportunity to do your laundry (at least once a week). Please plan on doing laundry as it is much easier to pack for a week of clothes and wash them. Please note that you may want more than one outfit per day as you will get a lot of your clothes sweaty just walking around on campus and will want to wear different clothes in the afternoon than those that you wore to class. Make sure to bring the things you'll need to do laundry (including quarters to pay for the laundry machines if necessary). This is important and something some students have forgotten in the past. I highly recommend the tide pods or similar detergents that come prepackaged to make it easier to pack and use them at academy (especially for those of you who usually don't do your own laundry).
I hope that this helps you in your preparation to come to academy, I can't wait to meet all of you!
This blog will document the MMXVII session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy. After elections are held, the aediles will be responsible for its upkeep.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice Phone: (804) 496-1589
c/o Governor's Latin Academy
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, VA 23005
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
Censors: Xavier W. and Frances H.
Consuls: Hannah K. and Sayeed A.
Praetor: Jake B. and Claire M.
Aedile: Britney P. and Caroline M. (that’s us!)
Tribune: Ana S. and Min Jae K.
Quaestor: Anna L. and Charlie M-B