One of the things I have to say I did not expect from my college experience was taking a class all by myself. But in my third year here at Tufts I have finally succeeded in finding something that no one else in the school is as interested in as I am. What could it possibly be? Why Elementary Sanskrit, of course. I can’t imagine why I’m the only one.
The class is taught by Professor Mahoney, the Classics/Linguistics guru who loves her cats almost as much as her Proto-Indo-European (PIE for short, best acronym ever) sound shifts. She’s tough, but fair, and her high expectations mean you learn things pretty quickly. But being in a room alone with her and Sanskrit three times a week has some pros and cons.
While taking classes by myself certainly hasn’t been typical, I really do think it has added to my learning experience. Who knows, this time next year I might be trying my hand at the Bhagavad Gita!