HFA Student Profile: Nora Donoghue
Nora Donoghue '13, a Classics major with a concentration in archaeology and the captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team, discusses traveling the world and being honored with the Fieldwork Fellowship from the Etruscan Foundation, as well her plans for after graduation.
Where are you from? What made you choose UMass Amherst?
I am from a town in central mass called Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. UMass was the best option for me financially, and it was also the perfect distance from home. I was looking for a bigger school with lots of opportunities and activities to get involved with.
What is your class year?
I am a senior.
What is your major and why does it interest you?
I am a Classics major with a concentration in archaeology and a minor in psychology. Having taken Latin since middle school, I have always loved ancient languages. Once I came to UMass I fell in love with the art and archaeology of the Classical world.
What have been your favorite classes or experiences here at UMass?
I really enjoyed taking Celtic Archaeology with Tony Tuck of the Classics department, as well as Greek Civilization with Marios Philippides. An experience that I greatly enjoyed was studying abroad in Greece in the summer of 2011. I was able to study Greek and Greek Archaeology while traveling with our group around Crete and mainland Greece. I learned so much from Professor Tim Winters of Austin Peay State University who was a great professor, a great mentor, and a perfect travel companion.
What was it like studying in Italy and what did you do while you were there?
I was in Tuscany for this past summer at the Poggio Civitate Field School. The Field School allows students to learn archaeological methods while also learning basic methods of conservation. Being a student of archaeology, the dig represented a perfect opportunity to gain actual experience in the field. I was able to learn archaeological methods and practices from staff members as well as other students from all over the United States and Europe. It was a great opportunity for me to determine where my interests in archaeology lie.
You were awarded the 2012 Fieldwork Fellowship, what does that entail?
I was honored to be a recipient of the Fieldwork Fellowship from the Etruscan Foundation this year. The support of the Etruscan Foundation in addition to the Elizabeth Lyding Will Grant enabled me to participate in the dig this year. They made it possible for me to conduct my own research on a transport amphora of Greek origin excavated in the 1970s. Having taken samples of the material from the inside of the amphora, I hope to be able to identify the content that was being shipped within it. I hope to use the results from the amphora as a platform for examining the social implications of prestige items that were being brought into Etruria.
What are your plans upon graduation? What do you hope to accomplish with your time at UMass?
I hope to continue my Classical education after graduating from UMass. I am currently in the process of applying to graduate programs in Classical Art and Archaeology. I also hope to increase my experience in the field by participating in archaeological digs in the future.
Have you received any other honors or awards while at UMass, and are you involved in any extracurricular activities?
This year I am the vice president for our chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the National Classics Honors Society. I am also a captain of the Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team. In the past three years I have been very fortunate with funding which has enabled me to continue my studies and travel in the Mediterranean. In addition to the Fieldwork Fellowship and the Elizabeth Lyding Will Grant, I have also received the Gross Fellowship twice and study abroad grant from Austin Peay State University. This past year I also received the Director's award from Student Activities and Involvement.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of the classroom?
Besides playing for the Women's Ultimate team, I also love to horseback ride. I love being able to ride and train horses. While at home I work on a farm that breeds endangered farm breeds and teaches children about them. I love being able to work with a wide variety of farm breeds, and I truly enjoy being able to teach people about them.
Do you have a favorite professor or role model that you look up to? Why?
I couldn't be luckier with the professors that I have gotten to study under at UMass. While I have a close relationship to many, I feel that Professor Poehler of the Classics Department has had a large part in my development as a student. His classes are challenging and interesting, and he has taught me many academic aspects that go beyond the content of the class. I also feel that his sense of humor is one that we should all strive for.
What will you miss most when you graduate from UMass Amherst?
After graduating I will truly miss the members of the Classics department. Since it is not a large department many of the students and professors form close relationships that I will be sad to leave behind. I will also miss being able to play with my team, though I look forward to seeing how it develops over time. I will particularly miss being able to work with Brian Arnold of Student Activities and Involvement who makes so much possible for the sports clubs on campus.