Name: Meghan Kiernan
Major(s) and Minor: Classics - Latin, minor in Business Administration
Why did you choose Classics as your major?
After having two awesome Classics professors here at Rutgers I knew I wanted to continue my studies of Latin. I learned so much in my Latin and Classics classes! Switching from being a business to a Classics major was without a doubt one of the best things I’ve done
What did you like most about it?
All the professors were so outstanding. They were clearly passionate about they do, are some of the most brilliant and hardworking professors at Rutgers, and care so much about their students. I felt more like family than a student
What is your current position, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
I am a public high school Latin teacher at Freehold Township High School where we have the largest public Latin program in the state! I absolutely love my job! My students are so passionate about learning Latin! It’s so much fun being able to inspire kids to love Latin as much as I do. If I hit the lottery tonight I’d still continue working as a teacher because I just love my job that much!
What was your first job after Rutgers and how did you get it?
During my time at Rutgers I had my first internship with Macy’s as a store manager and then after college I worked as a manager of a small business. They were both excellent business positions but I knew they were not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
How did you move from that first job to your current position?
After I worked for both a large corporation and a small business I knew I needed to do something with my life that was more fulfilling. I then decided to go for my teaching certificate and the next year I began my teaching career. It was without a doubt the best decision I ever made!
Looking back, what classes or experiences at Rutgers would you point to as contributing to your successes?
I don’t remember much of the grammar, lessons, and assessments from my time at Rutgers. What I truly remember is the impact the faculty had on my time at Rutgers and now my continued success as a post-grad.
Two of the biggest influences on my teaching career were Professor Leah Kronenberg and Jay Fisher. Professor Kronenberg taught me that the most important thing for a teacher was to care wholeheartedly about your students. I don’t remember every little detail about her lessons but I do remember her genuine love of Classics and her students made her without a doubt one of the best Professors I have ever had. As for Professor Fisher I learned most of my methodology from his teachings. He also taught me that you need to be yourself while teaching, no matter how crazy and ridiculous I am.
What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences students?
You need to find the career that truly makes you happy. Working in a field where you just get by day to day is a miserable way to live. However, it is hard to get a job in almost any field. So make sure you work your butt off, have a back up plan, and most importantly MAKE CONNECTIONS and network! Networking is one of the most important skills you can develop at Rutgers.