Vaia Trittas is a Gallatin sophomore and a native New Yorker. Her mother left Greece to raise her in the United States, and Trittas recalls, “On my first day of kindergarten, my mother said, ‘Go out there and be a winner! I am staying in this country for your education.’ She repeats these words to me every morning before I commute to school from Queens.”
Trittas loves poetry but she has also concentrated on the classics this year. She’s taken Dante’s World by Professor Antonio Rutigliano and will be taking a Hellenic studies course on ancient Greek and Roman lyrical poetry and a course about gender roles and sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome.
“I learned Greek when I was younger and celebrated Greek Easter and Christmas,” she says, “but I never really explored Greek literature until I came to Gallatin.” Trittas is minoring in Hellenic studies, and she also works at NYU’s Hellenic Studies Department. “Professor Liana Theodoratou, the director of the program, inspires me to continue my involvement in Greek studies,” she says.
At Gallatin, adds Trittas, “It's refreshing that I can take a structured lecture while also taking interdisciplinary seminars. I love that conversations carry on from the classroom into my daily life.”
Trittas is currently serving on the editorial board of Gallatin's Literacy Review, and her future plans include submitting work to the Gallatin Review, rekindling her relationship with the theater to do some acting and playwriting and completing her bucket list of books before she graduates.