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New history graduate Rachel Kleiner ’11 is excited to move into her own place this fall—halfway around the globe. With an eye on one day becoming a college professor, she’ll pursue a master’s degree in archaeology and Israeli history at Tel Aviv University.
Kleiner’s fascination with ancient civilizations blossomed during a four-week study abroad program at Ramat Rahel, an archaeological site just outside Jerusalem, led by Jason Radine, assistant professor of religion. Kleiner, who also studied for a semester in Rome and explored Turkey and Greece through a May term trip, doesn’t think her graduate program would have become a reality without the contacts she made on the Ramat Rahel dig.
After returning from Israel, Kleiner jumped into her new passion with both feet. She got a taste of what graduate school would offer through the Honors program. Radine and Heikki Lempa, associate professor of history, advised her thesis on the prevalence of family violence in the myths of ancient cultures such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Ugarit, and Greece. Now, she has the confidence of knowing she can succeed in a master’s program.
“The Honors program allowed me to experience what I was going to be doing for the rest of my academic career,” says Kleiner, who also completed a minor in religion. “It proved to me I was on the right path and wanted to research and explore my topic. My advisers gave me great advice and helped shape who I’ve become.”
Kleiner brought the same passion for her academics to activities like History Club, Student Alumni Association, International Club, Multi-Faith Council, Hillel Society, 26 Points, International Studies Council, and Habitat for Humanity. Her many activities in campus life helped her forge strong friendships.
“The friends I made at Moravian have turned into my family,” she says. “I know the people I met here have become lifelong friends.”
"The friends I made at Moravian have turned into my family."