Salvete et χαίρετε! My name is Emily Camden, and I am so excited to serve as your Megale Hyparchos! I am a rising senior at Truman State University and the President of the Eta Zeta chapter. In addition, I am a classical studies major with minors in biology and museum studies. While I study both Latin and Greek, I would be lying if I didn’t say that Latin holds a special place in my heart!
I began college as a biology major, only taking Latin for my foreign language requirement, and, although I only needed two semesters, I found myself returning to classics courses for two additional semesters. I had fallen in love with classics, and it was terrifying! After being initiated into ΗΣΦ as well as some serious soul searching, I finally decided to switch my major, and there has not been a single day that I have regretted this decision. I am so in love with the classical studies and this organization! Not only have met some of my closest friends through classics courses, but I have had the privilege of learning from two of the most driven, inspiring women I have ever met. I would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Amy Norgard and Dr. Bridget Thomas for helping me find my place and for giving me the resources and opportunities to become an empowered female classicist.
I’m the upcoming year, it is my intention to not only communicate with universities about new potential chapters, but to reach out to inactive chapters. In doing this, I hope to aid in the growth and longevity of ΗΣΦ, allowing other aspiring classicists the same amazing experiences I have had the privilege of having. Here is to another great year of loving the wisdom and beauty of classical studies! Valete!