Hola a todos! Ciao a tutti! Hello everyone! (but sounds more like, Hi all ! ?)
My name is Jany Rosmery Ramirez, from class of 2011. I was born and raised in Caribbean city of Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. However, I have been living in Brooklyn, NY for the past seven years.
While at St. Lawrence, as part of the HEOP family, I have also been part of many student organizations such as the Anthropology Club, La Sociedad Hispana and the Italian Club. I also have volunteered and worked in different areas on campus, from being a Spanish tutor at the Language Resource Center, a CSTEP Group Leader, an Orientation Leader, to most recently becoming a McNair Scholar.
Coming from a big family and having relatives living in various parts of the world influenced my decision to major in Anthropology. While growing up in the Dominican Republic, I always noticed how everyone contributed with something different in family reunions. Subsequently, after moving to New York City and making friends from different ethnic backgrounds, immediately opened my eyes to what culture really means. Attending St. Lawrence has helped me understand cross-culture differences on an academic level and has offered me different opportunities to explore these.
This past summer, I had the great opportunity of becoming a McNair scholar and worked closely with Dr. Pomponio on my research project, “La Peste: Impact of the Black Death on the Italian society.” I explored how the Black Death created a paradigm shift in religion and medicine in medieval Italy. After completing this research project, I was even more interested in learning more about the Italian culture.
Consequently, I participated in the study abroad program in Florence, Italy, during the fall semester of my junior year. While in Italy, not only did I continue my research on the Black Death, but I also became passionate about the mysterious life of the Etruscans and the rich history of the Roman Empire. Simultaneously, I participated in an internship at an archeological restoration lab, Centro di Restauro of Florence. There I gained firsthand experience of the restoration processes of artifacts, and became aware of other fields within Anthropology. I must admit, however that learning the Italian language and culture directly from Italian people was the highlight of my experience.