Monica Martinez '13
Monica Martinez ’13 is the third eldest of six children in her family, which is rooted in Lubbock, Texas. One of her siblings attends Texas Tech, another goes to Baylor and a third studies at West Texas A&M. Her mother, Kristen, was a coed at the University of Texas, and her father, Rudy, graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso.
What would make Martinez decide to buck the family trend of attending a large university in the Lone Star State and instead, venture to Lycoming College—student-body of 1,400—nestled near the banks of the Susquehanna River in northeast Pennsylvania?
“I have always been interested in archaeology,” Martinez said. “I started looking for archaeology programs early in high school. I had pretty much decided to attend Lycoming my junior year after I began getting material from the College. I did a lot of research about the school and really liked what I saw.”
That research helped her discover Lycoming’s archaeology field site in Idalion, Cyprus, where students have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience. This summer will mark Martinez’s third journey to the island to study under the direction of Dr. Pamela Gaber, professor of archaeology and Judaic studies and director of the field site. As she did last year, Martinez plans to serve as a member of the dig staff, which will allow her to manage her own trench while teaching other students.
“I love digging,” said Martinez. “It’s very meticulous work. But, I can’t imagine doing anything else. I just knew from the very first dig I went on that I was doing the right thing. Having that confirmation meant so much to me and my parents as well.”
Here’s a look at one of Martinez’s typical days on campus during the spring semester.
9:44 a.m. Finishing touches are applied to hair and makeup
9:52 a.m. Stops by Café 1812 for a Starbucks medium hot chocolate topped with whipped cream
10:15-11:20 a.m. History 210 - Ancient History with Dr. Cullen Chandler - “Today we discussed Thucydides’ account of the Peloponnesian War. Since the class is big and everyone is expected to participate, we divided into smaller groups to answer some of the discussion questions assigned to accompany the reading. My group was made up of four girls, so between comparing the writing styles of Herodotus and Thucydides, there was plenty of small talk and laughing :) Despite of all the distractions though, we were able to finish all of the questions and share with the class during the open discussion portion for the last 15 minutes of class.”
11:26 a.m. Meets up with several friends in Burchfield Lounge before heading into the dining hall for lunch; chooses a grilled chicken sandwich with some fries and a Pepsi
12:45-1:50 p.m. History 336 - Crusades: Conflict/Accommodation with Chandler - “This is my favorite class! Once a week we take a break from lecture and talk about the reading assignment. We have a couple of books to read from, but most of them consist of primary sources from both the Muslim and Christian perspective. Today’s reading dealt with possible motivating factors for crusaders – financial gain, remission of sins as promised from the Pope, or simply religious solidarity.”
2-3:50 p.m. Art 339 - Gender & Identity in Art with Dr. Amy Golahny - “We had a brief lecture and some student presentations. Each student is responsible for an oral report on an assigned influential female artist from the time period we are covering in class. This week we are wrapping up the 18th century and today we had reports on Rosalba Carriera and Vigee-Lebrun Kauffmann. We then went over what would be on the midterm next Wednesday!”
4:02 p.m. Back in her room to study and check Facebook
4:30-6:20 p.m. Religion 212 - Islam with Dr. George Adams - “We watched a movie on the Hajj! While taking notes on the movie, I made a list of all the Arabic vocabulary that would be on the exam on Monday.”
6:30 p.m. Enjoys a pasta dinner in the dining hall
8:37 p.m. As a member of the phonathon crew, reaches out to alumni and parents to raise money for the Lycoming Fund
9:10 p.m. In Snowden Library to work on the visa application for her art history May-term trip to China. Also tackles writing a book review for “The Children’s Crusade.” Wraps up the study session by reviewing material for an upcoming Islam test.
10:15 p.m. Returns to her room and hangs out with friends
11 p.m. Grabs her Nook, pulls up “The Hunger Games” and begins to read herself to sleep