The opportunity to participate in the Elon College Fellows program has given me many experiences I never expected as an undergraduate student. By challenging me to think beyond the simple questions, the Fellows program gave me confidence and the drive to pursue my own questions.
The thought of writing my own thesis seemed like a huge project, but through the encouragement of my mentor and my own growing passion of art history, I found myself presenting my own ideas in multiple undergraduate research conferences around the nation, traveling to Greece and Italy to continue research, and making some of the best friends I have from Elon. I took a small interest in ancient civilizations and the meaning of images and was able to expand that interest into an original contribution to the field of Art History. My research investigates the origin of the viewer/image relationship of early Christian art from the Hellenistic and Roman eras.
I plan on continuing my interest in Ancient and Early Christian Art at Florida State University, pursuing a master's degree in Art History beginning fall 2009.