The Department of Classics

Dylan Moore '12 on Study Abroad in Rome

Date: May 14, 2012

Newly-minted GVSU alum Dylan Moore writes about his experiences studying abroad at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS) in the most recent edition of Global Connections, produced by the Padnos International Center:


The shared experience of Rome brings you into a community which extends all the way back to ancient Rome. The people who lived and wrote in Rome, and those who have been influenced by them have been many of the most important figures of all human history. It was in order to partake in this community that I went to Rome last fall and partook in the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, one of the most prestigious study abroad programs for classical studies in the world. 

Had it not been for the generous funding of the Mark and Elizabeth Murray Scholarship from the Padnos International Center, the Benedetta and Giancarlo Galassi-Beria Scholarship Fund from the ICCS, and the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship from the U.S. State Department, I would have never been able to study abroad. The fact that I was able to learn Latin and Greek, and what’s more go to Rome, is a testament to American democracy and the outstanding intellectual possibilities offered by Grand Valley State University. Not only did Grand Valley prepare me academically for this incredibly challenging program, it also helped me get the funding to participate through the Padnos International Center and the Office of Fellowships.

Dylan recently graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics, German, and Philosophy. He plans on attending law school this fall in Washington, D.C. and pursuing a career in international law.

Read Dylan's full essay.

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