Hailing from Seoul, South Korea, I did not encounter the classics until my freshman year at Princeton University, when I enrolled in Latin 101 almost on a whim. The following summer I took a course in Ancient Greek, and thus began an intense affair with languages, as I soon added French, Italian and German to my collection—all of which enhance my work with the classics. As someone with extensive experience in speech and debate, I have an equally strong commitment to political issues. My interests are perhaps best exemplified by my job at the Paideia Institute, a nonprofit organization for classical study, where I am a Research Fellow and edit its online journal for writing about the ancient world in modern ways, Eidolon. I was also a Master's student in History and Civilizations at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, France, where I researched Simone de Beauvoir’s classical education. I hope to expand on that project as I pursue an MPhil in Classics at the University of Cambridge, writing a thesis on the classical references in De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex while applying theory—particularly environmental and feminist theory—to the classics in order to gain insight into present-day problems such as the ecological crisis and gender inequality.