Paul Riordan, B.A. 2004

Psychiatrist, Durham VA Medical Center – Durham, NC

2004 Major: Classical Languages (Latin/Greek) and Medieval & Renaissance Studies; minor in Biology

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

"I think all good majors help you to think regardless of what you are doing. There was little better than being involved in a small major and getting lots of formative attention by excellent professors. Shaped my ability to think and helped me tremendously later in life in a very different field."

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

"Go to Rome! Dig deep into esoteric topics! Gaudeamus!"

Riordan with child