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Transfer student inspired by Latin program

section of an illustrated manuscript

A sample of Allison Madura's Paleography Illuminated project with a folio from the Milner Library Special Collection.

Allison Madura

Salve! My name is Allison Madura, but in Latin everyone calls me Maurina. I am an English studies major with a classics minor and Consul of Conlegium Latinitatis.

I decided to take Latin as a transfer student my junior year and it was the best decision I made in my undergraduate career. Not only did I have the privilege of working with some of the most passionate professors on campus (faculty members Susan Kim, Aaron Smith, and Kathryn Jasper), but I also acquired a tight knit Latin family that I completed four semesters of study with.

The Latin program at Illinois State has been a life changing experience and I would recommend it to absolutely everyone! My independent study project involved transcribing a text from the 15th century in Milner Library’s Special Collections. My advice to future Latinists: be bold, be brave, and dig in a deep as you can!  For more information about the Paleography Illuminated project, check out its page.

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