Salvete omnes! Hope you all are as excited for the Academy to start as I am. A word of advice: get yourself in on the discord conversations! I’m new to Discord myself, but it’s really easy and simple to get the hang of. Check out the “Media” channel if you wanna chat about music, films, podcasts etc. Pop in on the “fine-arts” section to talk visual arts and performative arts. Or chat sports in the “sports” channel if that’s more your speed. Get on discord for all the good stuff. Memes. Conversations in Latin. Gaming. The bottom line: Break out of your comfort zone, see who shares common interests with you, generate some fire memes, and pick up some killer recommendations from your new friends at Academy this week.
In the vein of breaking outside your comfort zones, get excited for my elective on Classical Reception in Colonial-era Mexico! I never got the chance to learn about anything like this when I was in high school but I think it’s super interesting to learn about how Greco-Roman antiquity has had a heavy impact (for better or worse? TBD...) waayyyyy beyond the Mediterranean world over the past couple millennia. Hope to see you there :)
Lizzie the RA
This blog with document the 2021 session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy.