I first encountered the work of CSNTM as an undergraduate student studying Greek. Several of my professors had worked with CSNTM in various capacities, and their love of Greek and manuscripts helped to spark my own interests. Further, they not only loved the work, they believed in its lasting impact. Though after graduation I decided to pursue academia outside of the realm of Biblical Studies, I was still very interested in manuscripts and wanted to continue to work in an area that has played an integral part in my academic pursuits and personal faith. CSNTM has provided just such an opportunity.
Both as a volunteer and an intern at CSNTM, I have learned and refined many skills for my discipline and have been encouraged in my faith as a Christian. I have had the opportunity to see how much work goes into making a non-profit organization successful, while also getting practical experience poring over many of the papyrus manuscripts, reading thoroughly through the secondary literature, and learning the essential skills of manuscript photography. Laboring alongside men and women who work hard in such a narrow niche of study, I have been challenged to be more humble towards my colleagues and friends while growing in knowledge and grace.
As I finish my internship and final year of study at the University of Dallas, I plan to pursue graduate work in Classical Studies (i.e., Greek and Latin). I hope to continue to use all of the skills and experience I have gained at CSNTM to study ancient writing materials and their scribes, as well as to teach others to love and appreciate the Greek language through the many amazing texts passed down to us, including the New Testament.