Students are immersing themselves in Latin, reviving classical language learning which helps with the study of modern languages such as French and Spanish.
The language of Caesar and Cicero has some practical applications for today. “I was interested (in latin) and once I started taking it, it came really easily to me,” said Matriano Lim. She plans to become a doctor and believes that Latin will be of use to her. “Many terms come from Latin. I’ll have better knowledge of what I”m learning in college. It’s really easy, actually, and it’s interesting, too. And it has helped me with my English vocabulary.”
17-year-old junior Sam Kalmbach Jr. has also found the study of Latin helpful.
“I originally took it so I could get a better grasp of Spanish and found myself learning Latin better,” he said. “And as I’ve learned Latin, my grades have vastly improved. From my freshman year, when I made mostly B’s and a couple of A’s, last years was mostly A’s and B’s and this year has been all A’s.”