Archive for May, 2010

I exist!

Greetings! This is Becky Savaria. I arrived to Cyprus a bit later than the other two and I am finally getting around to the blog! This is my second time on the island of Cyprus, I loved it so much that I had to come back! As an official graduate of Messiah College, it is essential for me to start working on my career. Archaeology is a very long road and I am just beginning! (I’m actually looking into archaeological conservation but, it is very closely related)

I’ve always been interested in archaeology, (National Geographic often inspired me as a kid). Then last year, I was given the opportunity to go on a dig with Dr. Pettegrew. Of course I said yes! The experience in itself was amazing and I have come back to do it again. However, this time I have another purpose, to explore my potential career.

Today we conducted our first interviews and they were incredibly fascinating. The first was with Thomas Davis, the director of the Cyprus-American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI). He had some great practical advice for us but his main emphasis was on dedication. As stated before, archaeology is a long and difficult road. You must be sure that you love it otherwise, barriers and walls will be incredibly difficult to move past. Archaeology = a lot of love for all who do it. It was great to see hs passion for his field.

Our second interview(ee) was Dimitri Nakassis, one of the co-directors of the project. He gave a very personal outlook to our potential career paths. Like Thomas, he emphasized the love of your career. There’s no point in spending all of your energy, time and, anything else on something that you wont be excited to do everyday of your life.

This has been of great importance to me especially since I have graduated. Each person that we talk to has given us hope and yet, they have also given us a realistic view of what it is that we are getting ourselves into. It is greatly appeciated and I know that my mind is finally starting to sort itself as I move on after college.

Until next time…from Larnaca, Cyprus…signing out :)

Concerning the Future

Today I was sitting in the lobby of our hotel at Petrou Brothers planning some interviews with my fellow Seekers when I began a very serious conversation with my supervisor, Dallas.  I told him how I was unsure about my future academic career.  Considering the poor job market for PhD’s and the competitiveness of graduate schools, I am currently considering alternatives such as law school.  Dallas informed me that he had pondered the same options and found himself in the exact situation when he was an undergrad.  He proceeded to relay the advantages and disadvantages of law school as well as graduate school.  I must admit I was a bit shocked to hear some of what he had to say.  He was both encouraging and realistic throughout the entire conversation.  There is a lot of information to process concerning my future, but I have learned one very important thing from this conversation: do what interests me and will provide a fulfilling vocation.   I am definitely already learning a lot on this trip, about my interests and my future.

Sandy Beaches!

Hello all!  This is my fourth day in Cyprus.  So far we’ve had some great orientation to the island’s history and culture.  While we wait on our permit to commence archaeological excavation and other work, we’ve been walking around the lovely city of Larnaka and figuring out what’s around our hotel.  We also had our first project Greek lesson this morning.  It’s nice to be able to exchange a few phrases with the locals.  In addition to our rigorous academics, we’re lucky enough to be a mere two blocks away from the beach.  The sun is out and the weather is beautiful.  Cyprus is definitely an isle of paradise!

In Zurich

Well.. Our group is on it’s way to Cyprus. Melissa Hogan is in Brussels and I, Matt Jag, am in Zurich, Switzerland. The weather outside is really interesting. Nothing can really describe European weather.. It almost reminds me of those scenes in Lord of the Rings.. Switerland is a beautiful country nonetheless. I am currently in Zurich for a 5 hour lay-over which has been an interesting amount of time spent. Hopefully Cyprus will come soon, but until then I wait in this airport for the excitement contained within the island of Cyprus.

An empty suitcase..

As I sit here writing this first post I’m folding up my clothes and getting ready to pack them away.  My empty suitcase is waiting; open as if eager to receive the objects I’m about to put in.  Strangely enough I feel similar to my suitcase, I’m waiting for my adventures in Cyprus to begin, waiting to fill myself with the experiences and lessons that await me.  At Messiah I’m entering my senior year as a History Major, the moment of truth is nearly at hand.  What to do after graduation is the main issue for me.  I hope to attend graduate school and pursue my interest in archaeology and history.  I look forward to working with the members of Cyprus Seekers in the next three weeks and keeping all my readers updated during our stay in Cyprus.  This trip will be a jumping point for me to learn so much about my future career choice, I just need to make sure that I take advantage of it.  Throughout my time in Cyprus and the remainder of my time at Messiah I need to remain open and eager to accept anything that will help my in my journey, just like the empty suitcase that awaits me now..

Getting Ready!

As the time for Cyprus draws near, I’ve noticed that my world at Messiah College is about to take a unique turn. I am currently a Junior who is deciding between a Bible and History Major. This confusion stems from my love of Biblical Studies which help in my spiritual life. However, History fascinates me because it gives a cultural context to interpret certain themes within the text. I am hoping that Cyprus can help me in figuring out a way to uniquely tie the two disciplines into a single, coherent entity which I hope to be my future career. Questions such as how will I really find what I’m looking for plague me before I depart for Cyprus, but I think right now is not the time to worry. I keep my head up to see that I am heading to what the ancient world thought of as a paradise. An island in the Mediterranean with nothing but great weather. What could be better? Only two more weeks, and we are off. The Cyprus Seekers will be searching for their callings in life, and we’ll interview a diverse spectrum of people to see how they arrived where they thought to be and why.