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Student Profile: Rowdy Cosby

by Web on April 7, 2015

Rowdy Cosby finds the complexity of the Latin language intriguing, the culture fascinating, and the beauty of it all breathtaking.

As a high school student, he was so enamored with Latin that the more he learned, the more he wanted to know—and that’s how he decided his major in college would be classical studies.

During his first semester at Millsaps, he was able to enroll in classics-focused courses. Now, three of the four courses he’s taking the second semester of his first year are classics-based. “I don’t know many colleges where the curriculum is such that a first-year student is allowed to do that,” he said.

Cosby, who is from Lincoln, Ala., spends more than just class time in the Department of Classical Studies. He’s a student worker for the department where he has easily made friends with the professors.

“I'm welcome to come to them with anything from a question about an assignment to a question about what I can do to further my career goals,” he said. “I spend most of my time with these professors, but every professor I've had at Millsaps has the same approachable air about them. That is one of the things that I love the most about this place.”

With plans to become a classic professor, Cosby said he’s found the academic work at Millsaps challenging but rewarding.

“I came to college because I am an academic,” he said. “I enjoy learning, and I plan on using the knowledge gained as one of the resources in life. The Millsaps academic program was what caused me to visit, but it was the friendly atmosphere that made Millsaps feel like home.”

Cosby considers Millsaps a place where he can grow mentally, physically and spiritually. “Granted, it is still up to me to make the growth happen, but Millsaps provides everything I could possibly need to do so,” he said.