The OJCL Torch Fall 2020 | Page 17

Would I have appreciated or even noticed these landmarks without the study of Latin? Probably not.

Latin has been life-changing for me. Not only have I paid more attention to the details in places I visit, the Classics community has truly taught me about the meaning of friends. The OJCL is just one large family of students in Ohio that all share a common passion: the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. The people I meet at OJCL gatherings and competitions foster my love of Latin and inspire me to study.

Finally, my Latin class itself is a thing to behold. The skills I am learning in my Latin course have been improved by understanding of English grammar, etymology, classical philosophy, and many of the cultural roots of our country. In my daily coursework, I have really gotten to know my classmates. These are the students with whom I will learn for my entire high school career, two years of which I have already finished. The sense of togetherness provided by a small class size, along with personal attention from our teacher, underscores my belief that Latin is not only a living language, it may be the best language choice for many students. So, for now, this is me… learning a living Latin and loving life.



Pierce Bruner taking tests at the 2019 Fall Forum