Since I am a new Sophomore Honors student, I unfortunately did not attend any of the Honors events, and if, by chance, I did, I cannot recall them. So instead of doing a reflection from my freshman and sophomore years, I will do both from my sophomore year thus far.
Unlike many of my Honors companions, I did not attend Greek Day my freshman year of college. My seminar professor did not require us to go, so, being a lazy freshman who couldn’t wait to get back to the dorm and nap, I skipped the event. However, not attending Greek Day had a lasting impact that I did not realize until I was required to participate in the event the following year. At first I had to ask my friends what it was, and eventually I came to know that it was an event aimed at getting freshmen interested in seminar by using the plots and characters from their texts in a real life setting. This year we focused on chance and fate, and who the characters from Greek literature would be in today’s setting. I participated in the event as a Fate and a discussion leader.
As we ate the hors d’oeuvrs I asked the students at my table if they liked their Greek Thought seminar classes. And surprisingly, eight out of ten said “Yes.” This could be because they were afraid to say “No” or did not want to be rude, but as I inquired further, it seriously seemed like they liked their class. As the event progressed, even the students who said they didn’t like seminar seemed to have a good time just talking about the texts, characters, and plots.
Hopefully the students continued to like seminar and delve into their texts after Greek Day. With any luck, the students who weren’t so fond of seminar began to like it, or at least paid more attention to it or tried understanding what they do not like about it. Although Greek Day is not usually a required event for most freshmen, I think it would be beneficial for all freshmen to attend. Although it may seem a daunting, boring, educational event for some students, once they’re there (much like the students at my table) they will realize how much fun discussions of ancient literature can be.