Emily Ciciotte graduated in 2016 with a degree in Classical Civilizations. As a Junior she spent a semester in Greece on the program “College Year in Athens,” and in her Senior year she won a Hoopes Prize for her thesis on allusions to Greek epic in the various ancient biographies of Alexander the Great. She is currently training to be an officer in the US Army."Crawling under barbed wire with bullets whizzing above your head at night and sitting in an air-conditioned classroom discussing Homer may not seem related at first glance. However, my education in the Harvard Classics Department was instrumental in preparing me for a career in the United States Army. Studying the ancient battles of Alexander the Great, as well as the wars of Sicily and Rome, gave me strategic and tactical insight that I’ve put to use when practicing battle drills. The academic skills I gained were directly applicable to the infamous history test at Officer Candidate School, as I used those skills to create notes and study guides to help my peers. The critical thinking that I honed during my years at in the Classics Department at Harvard has been essential to my success so far in the military, and will continue to be useful and relevant in my future as an Officer in the US Army."