my entire university career

My wife and I both attended the University of Chicago, and one year one of the items on the hunt was three live sheep,” he said. “I had a car, which was an unusual thing at University of Chicago. She was on a different team, and she asked if she could borrow my car to go get some live sheep. I was like, ‘First of all, no, you can’t borrow my car to put sheep in it! But also you’re on another team, so no!’ She waited until I fell asleep, she stole my car keys, and went up to Wisconsin to get some sheep. So I definitely had participated, and definitely essentially stole this entire thing from my University of Chicago undergrad career.
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Misha Collins, Daily Dot Interview July 3rd, 2015

We’ve heard this story before. But frankly, we can’t help but be amused at Collins’ ever-increasing and always-justified supplication to his elders and his betters. Clearly, Castiel knows that the old ones should not be angered.

anonymous asked:

what would you say to someone who is considering becoming a classics major?

oh god

um

  • don’t worry if you feel like you don’t know as much as other people do. some people go to schools that offer classics and greek and latin, and some people don’t, and if you didn’t or you didn’t realise you even wanted to do it until recently then you’re no less worthy as a student and no less likely to succeed in your studies. some people who had the privilege of going to schools that offer subjects like that are coming in with an advantage, and it’s shitty and unfair that more people don’t get that opportunity, but you can absolutely do just as well and better than them if you work hard and have a passion for the subject
  • if you’re taking the languages it is going to be really hard work but it will be worth it. ancient greek is one of the hardest languages around to learn and latin isn’t exactly easy, but you absolutely can do it if you take it one step at a time and try not to fall behind. don’t get discouraged if you feel like you’re not understanding the work, because i promise you literally everyone who’s tried this stuff has had moments like that (i mean, i failed new testament greek twice and i’m still here so)
  • related: don’t be afraid to ask for help! no-one is going to think any less of you for going to your lecturers or tutors and asking them to go over things again or whatever it is you need. i know a lot of people (including myself tbh) who didn’t want to ask for help because they didn’t want to look stupid compared to piers fitzdickhead the eton latin king, but no-one who’s opinion is worth caring about will give a damn. part of adulthood is knowing when to ask for help, you know?
  • invest in nice translations of things you’re interested in. there is nothing worse than slogging through eighteen thousand lines of shitty english prose because no-one’s told you the translation on the reading list is shite, and anyway it’s giving you a false impression of the beauty and elegance and lyricism of the original. hopefully your lecturers will have the good sense to recommend good editions of set texts, but if you’re finding a particular version a total slog then it’s absolutely worth having a shop around to see if it’s the actual text you’re not getting along with or just that version
  • use perseus, for god’s sake use perseus, it is right there and it will save your life, we live in the information age and you no longer have to memorise the big liddell to succeed in classics 
  • don’t be afraid to take courses that sound weird or you have no previous experience with! like, i thought ‘athenian law and economy’ was going to be the worst experience of my life and it turned out to be one of the most interesting courses i’ve ever taken; and on the other hand, i thought ‘after alexander’ was going to be great and it turned out to be dull as death. that’s the thing about the ancient world; it’s so huge and covers such a long period that there’s vast swathes of it that you might never have even heard of before taking a course on it, so even if you have no idea about the subject when you’re going in you may as well just go for it
  • conversely, if you find a niche you’re crazy about then exploit it for all you’re worth. i could quite literally have gone my entire university career only doing courses on or related to the persian empire, had i wanted to. if i’d taken greek from the start, i could have spent two years just doing drama courses. there’s room for a lot of niches in classics, because classics is vast. it’s kind of hard to explain how vast, really. every text and every event and every movement has hundreds of years of scholarship attached to it, for every author that survives in one papyrus fragment from alexandria there is someone somewhere who has made that fragment their life’s work, for every event there are a hundred lenses and schools of thought through which it can be analysed. there’s millions of connections spiderwebbing between every text and every time a new text or vase or tomb turns up, the whole spiderweb shakes and reforms around it. if you find one thing you love, congratulations, because you can probably spend the rest of your life looking at that thing and its place in the gigantic three-dimensional cats-cradle that is history and you will probably never go outside again. welcome to classics.