Art class, when I had it as a child, was always one of my favorites. Also while in school I deveopled a love for writing in my native language (Engligh) and learning new one (Spanish). During my college years, I began to learn how to create new media through web development. I entered the field of marketing, where text and images both come together to convey an idea. Working with photographers, printers, writers, designers, and programmers to create finished products was always a rewarding process, and I enjoyed interacting with professional people in those fields.
Recently, I have begun an independent studies of both language and graphic design. I began reading books about Latin and began realizing how far this culture's words and ideas reach. I began reading books about graphic design, and instead of learning about brochures or postcards, I started seeing people use design to tackle environmental projects such as subway maps! I took this class, The Meaning of Rome for two reasons. One is that my faith tradition is Roman Catholic, and I visited Rome for World Youth Day in 2000. I hoped to better absorb the Rome I saw briefly there. Secondly is because of many ways we Americans are Romans too. I am always inspired by combining the old with the new, and wanted to find that connection through this class.
By coincidence, while this class was in process, my husband and I took a trip to New York City. The reason for the trip was recreational, but also had an element of pilgrimage to St. Patrick's Cathedral. I have lived my whole life in the Midwest, and wanted to experience the church through a different, but still American, perspective.
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