Elizabeth Rudisill, B.A. 2008

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State - Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

2008 Major: Classical Civilizations

How has being a Classical Studies graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"Studying Latin and Ancient Greek helped enormously in learning Spanish and French, which I have used professionally and personally, working in Mexico, Cuba, and Côte d'Ivoire at U.S. embassies and consulates. The Duke classics education taught me how to analyze sources of data, synthesize information, communicate clearly, and write well--skills I use daily. Personally, it gave me a greater understanding of the our western world, and a clear basis to compare and contrast it to other countries and cultures. It also exposed me to texts and works of art that surprise and delight. Plus random classics knowledge helps at trivia sometimes!"

What advice would you give students in Duke's Classical Studies programs? 

"Pursue the courses and activities that interest you. You will enjoy it more, and you will do better at it. Take advantage of study abroad programs and the ability to design your own studies, like with a thesis project. Create strong relationships with your fellow students and professors."

Elizabeth Rudisill with dog at bridge