Interviewing Cydnee Somera, prize day winner

Courtesy of Cydnee Somera

I interviewed Cydnee Somera ’15, who was recently named winner of the Harry Guttman Endowed Prize.


Q.What are you majoring in and why?

A.I am a Classics Major. I became interested in classics while taking Professor Toher’s “History of Ancient Greece” class.

At first, I took his class to fulfill the cluster requirement during my sophomore year. His lectures made learning about the different leaders of Greece and its wars very interesting and fun. After Toher’s class, I started to take Greek and fell in love with the language and eventually fell in love with the major.


Q.What are your plans after Union College and goal/dream job?

A.I have an internship in DC for the summer, but I have nothing set after that. I am waiting to hear back from a few jobs to keep me occupied for the year. After a year off, I plan to attend graduate school for either archaeology or accounting.


Q.What is a special talent you have?

A.I am an avid skateboarder/surfer. Whenever I go home for breaks, I spend every morning surfing with my dad and the rest of day at the skatepark. Most Hawaiians surf, but I like to do both.


Q.Who or what has had the biggest impact on you while at Union College?

A.The Classics Department and the Academic Opportunity Program (AOP) both positively impacted me while at Union. I am very close with the faculty and students in both departments and I think of them as family. Both departments have been very caring and supportive, I can’t thank them enough.


Q.What is your favorite experience at Union College?

A.My favorite experience at Union College was when I was not on campus but on a term abroad in Greece. I was honored to learn in an area with so much history and a rich culture. Greece is also special because that is where I ran my very first marathon. If I ever get the chance to go back to Greece, I will take it in a heart beat!


Q.Where is your favorite place to be in the world and why?

A.My favorite place to be is wherever my mom is. She is my role model and she is fun to hang out with.


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