“I am a Classical languages major with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies. This combination is always met with surprise and confusion, as Classics and Peace and Conflict Studies initially appear to have very little in common. During my first year at Bryn Mawr, upon discovering my interests, I was frustrated trying to figure out how my plans as a Classical languages major had anything to do with my hopes to pursue a career working towards social justice. However, Bryn Mawr has provided me with opportunities to experience how interconnected ancient worlds and the modern world are and to discover how we can solve problems by looking to the past. I can use one of my passions, what I know and love, as a medium to work towards social justice today.
“Bryn Mawr’s most special and significant quality is its deeply rooted sense of community both inside and outside the classroom—a connectedness that radiates a strong sense of support among the students, perpetually generating intellectual stimulation and inspiration. Learning from the experiences and ideas of other students, I have been witness to myself growing intellectually and socially at Bryn Mawr, continually strengthening my ability to make a significant contribution to the global community.”
Mary Florence Sullivan ’11
Major(s): Classical Languages, with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies
Note: With Bryn Mawr's support, Mary Florence Sullivan has pursued her interests in both classical studies and social justice far beyond the boundaries of the campus. In the summer of 2008, she used Bryn Mawr international-internship funding to travel to Tacna, Peru, where she worked at the Fe y Alegria school. She spent summer of 2009 doing community outreach work for homeless women and children in her home community of Albany, N.Y., and then spent the fall of that year abroad at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. In 2010, she served as a summer intern for Tenants and Workers United, a grass-roots, low-income community advocacy organization in Alexandria, Va.