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Student Spotlight: Charlotte Lehman '14



Hometown: Geneva, N.Y.
Major: Classics
Minor: Film Studies 

Why Union:
When I first visited, the campus community seemed so welcoming and happy. It was very clear that everyone loved being here.  Even though it was a cold, snowy day in January, I loved the campus and could see myself here.

Research:
Sophomore year, during my Scholars Research Project in photography, I explored the effect of eyes in photos in a two-term film research project. I also completed a project of narrative photography about siblings in Professor Martin Benjamin’s advanced photography class, in which I discovered how my sisters pervade every aspect of my life and my art. My photos were on view at the Wikoff Student Gallery in the Nott Memorial. Currently, I am finishing up my senior thesis in classics, drawing on ancient and modern sources to explore modern perceptions of the Spartacus story.

Most inspiring class:
Photography I. Working with film and a variety of assignments has helped me become more observant of everyday life. At first, I could make a good picture; later on, these skills carried over into other aspects of my life and other classes.

Also excited about:
Ancient Greek. It’s a beautiful language and sounds so different from any of the modern languages, or even Latin. I especially love reading Homer's Odyssey and Iliad because the meter they were written in is so melodic and adds so much to the story.

Activities:
Golub Council, Gamma Phi Beta, the Union Book (yearbook), College Democrats

Other passion:
My job at home, working in a plant pathology lab for six years

Most surprising thing about Union:
Union is such a passionate campus. Students truly care and work their hardest at everything they do, from school work to extracurriculars.

How I'm making Union a better place:
I am committed to the Union Book. I believe it's very important to have a yearbook to record life at Union for each year. Many schools are moving toward electronic yearbooks, which I feel does a disservice to the students. Electronic sources are far less permanent than a physical book and provide a much different experience when viewing them. What’s different about our book is that it provides a sense of what Union was like, rather than a documentary-style record of all the events that happened on campus over the year. 

Looking into the future:
I'll probably take a gap year or two to work and then go to grad school for classics or to law school.

Advice for incoming students:
Get involved. It took me a while to truly feel at home here, and I was homesick a lot my first year. I began to feel like I fit in when I got involved with different clubs and organizations. They gave me a passion and a purpose beyond classes.