Excellence in Language Studies Award, Greek
Student Name: John Mizuki
Major(s): joint major in Classics and English
Bio: My name is John Mizuki, and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I first began taking Latin when I was in the sixth grade, and it was also around this time that I began to read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan; the combination of these two began my interest in the Classics. I took Latin all throughout middle and high school, and I was particularly interested by the Vulgate and Catullus’ poetry. When I came to college, I read Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Ovid quickly became my favorite Latin author. My sophomore year at Oxford was my first year studying Greek, and I quickly took a liking to the ancient language for both its similarities and differences to Latin. Reading Plato’s The Apology in Fall 2017 was an intellectually stimulating experience; whereas, the Iliad has been more of an emotional rollercoaster. I hope to continue studying both Latin and Greek long past my time in college, and I thank all my professors who have helped me along the way.