Tharangi Fernando, Classics Student Ambassador
Tharangi is a whirlwind on UM campus, and is involved with many groups, including Rebel Writers, Hip Hop Rebels, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Girl Up, and the UM Soccer Club, among others. Her creativity and energy inspire students and professors alike.
Why did you decide to major in Classics?
About halfway through my freshman year, I decided to study Classics because I was taking Latin and Classical Mythology, two classes that really piqued my interest in classical literature. Then, the professor I had for both courses asked me if I was thinking about becoming a Classics major. As I thought more about it, I realized just how much interest I had in that major. So, I decided to pick it up as a double. I’m going to go to graduate school for an MFA in creative writing. I want to use my Classics degree to influence my style of writing as well as the content.
Have you had a particularly memorable experience with a professor or mentor?
Every day, I’m surrounded by professors who push me to be my best and to guide me. The atmosphere is the Classics department is nothing short of amazing. I’ve been aided with financial and academic help by my department, and I feel at home here.
What are your career plans?
I’d like to teach at a college or university and write.
Activities outside the classroom?
During the last spring break, I studied in England and Scotland with a UM Professor. The trip was part of a semester-long course on fantasy fiction. We visited the castle that was Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. This upcoming semester, I will do another spring break trip—this time to Greece! The class I’ll be taking is cross-listed in both the Classics Department and the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. It’s called “Performing Democracy in Ancient Athens.”