Student Profile

Katarina Mentzelopoulos
Katarina Mentzelopoulos ’16
Murphy, TX

Recipient of the John Park and Jennifer Chu Odyssey Scholarship

What did you do this past summer?
I worked at the University of Chicago Press in the Manuscript Editing Department as a student assistant. My time was spent looking over the last stages of books about to go into print, editing indexes, and various other editorial tasks. It was a great opportunity and gave me a good foot into the publishing world.

Please comment on the pursuit of your major and minor, as well as any other academic interests.
I?m currently in my third year as a linguistics major, and I love it. Japanese is my chosen non-Indo-European language, and I?m in my second year of study for it.

Please tell us about a significant or memorable experience you have had during your time at UChicago.
I think every experience here has been a gift, and I hope I?m a better person for them all. One of my all-time favourites, though, was when I was walking on the Quad and found out there was a mini-festival celebrating winter going on in Hutch courtyard. I spent the next three hours drinking hot chocolate, riding in a sleigh, and carving a sculpture out of ice with my friends.

What activities do you participate in outside of the classroom? Are there any that are new from last year?
I?m currently team captain of the Archery team, which is a sports club on campus. We recently went to a tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, at which we had 6 people from UChicago compete. It was a valuable experience for us all. For the past year or so, I was a head copy editor for The Maroon, but I had to step down this quarter due to time constraints.

As a scholarship recipient, to what extent are you grateful for the support you received? What are your thoughts on how you might one day give back to the University of Chicago?
Without the scholarship support I?ve received, I don?t think I?d even be in college right now?or ever, for that matter. I feel incredibly lucky to have such luxuries as learning to shoot a bow, working one-on-one with an editor at an academic press, or teaching first-years what to search for when editing articles. I never would have experienced any of these things without your generous support, not to mention what I?ve learned from my classroom education here, from the Core (with humanities, social science, and even my computer science classes) to my linguistics major. Thank you so much for everything. I really couldn?t do it without you.

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