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Matt GoldsteinWhen I first came to the University of Tennessee, I was immediately overwhelmed by the number of options I had in choosing an undergraduate major.  While I had been leaning towards philosophy or English as a high school student, the Classics department stood out as one that was best suited to my desires and needs as a first-generation college student.  Throughout the four years I spent in the department, I learned invaluable skills for professional life, including how to properly conduct research, time management, professional etiquette, and how to adapt my reasoning skills to fit a variety of educational and professional demands.  These skills are perhaps best embodied in the Classics faculty, whose excellence in both education and professional conduct are second to none.  A degree in Classics is an exciting opportunity for students to develop the aforementioned skills, but equally as important is the way in which Classics fundamentally alters how one behaves and perceives the world.  My Classics education may have provided me with a significant professional skill set, but it also cultivated my ability to adapt to an exciting, dynamic world.

Matthew Goldstein ('16)
Knoxville, August 31, 2016

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