My original interest in Biblical studies led me to a love of Classics. While learning New Testament Greek and ancient Hebrew at Wheaton College (IL), I soon became fascinated by the ancient Greek and Roman world at large and shifted my emphasis to Classical Greek and Latin. I developed a serious interest in ancient women’s studies and gender studies, and I focused my personal research on the portrayal of female divinity in ancient hymnography. After earning my B. A. in Ancient Languages from Wheaton in 2012, I began work on my in M. A. in Classics here at UCSB, excited by the varied opportunities to pursue my interests with the professors here. A native of Ohio, I love living just a mile from the beach in view of the mountains, and I enjoy playing board games with friends and baking treats for my husband, Clark, when I have the time.