Sam Harris '15

Major: Classics

Graduate degree: M.St. in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature, Oxford University

What do you do for a living?

I am a teacher of Classics and Head of US Universities at Rugby School, a co-educational boarding school in Rugby, England. I teach Latin, Ancient Greek, and Classical Civilisation to students aged 10-18 preparing for their public examinations. I also promote application to US universities and help interested students through the application process.

How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?

I'm very lucky to continue teaching the subject(s) that I studied at Saint Michael's, and besides providing me with excellent language training in the ancient languages, my academic experience at St. Mike's helped me to develop a real passion for the subject. This is crucial in teaching. The use of the Harkness method of teaching in many of the courses offered at St. Mike's has also been something that compliments my work in my career; this method is gaining popularity in UK secondary education, and I appreciate having had the opportunity to study this way and to work similarly with my own students drawing on first-hand experience. 

What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?

I will always fondly look back on my participation in various Classical reading groups on campus. These opportunities, off-timetable meetings led by either staff or students to read through less canonical Latin and Greek texts, speak so much to the dedication of staff, engagement of students, and academic curiosity that can be found at St. Mike's. 

Any advice for students at St. Mike's?

I would recommend that all incoming students try taking a course in the Classics; a study of ancient culture or language compliments any major, and you can't avoid meeting some great people along the way.   

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