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Stamps Scholars

Avery Kral

The Classical School
Roswell, Georgia
Classics, Philosophy, and Global Studies 

L'existence est notre exil.

- Emil Cioran 

Impactful experience: 
Being a founding member of the UofSC chapter of MAP, the only undergraduate-led organization of its kind in the country. 

When I enrolled at UofSC as a Classics and Philosophy double major, my vision for my future was fairly conventional. By the end of freshman year, however, a shift had already begun. A lifelong love of comics compelled me to check Craig Thompson’s masterpiece, Blankets, out of Thomas Cooper Library and thereafter his follow-up, Habibi. My curiosity piqued by a chance encounter with Islamic calligraphy and illumination, I applied last minute to a summer program at a military school. After one year I was taking poetry recommendations and ney lessons in Amman, Jordan. Another and I was translating poetry. Thank you to Mr. Stamps and OFSP for your abundant support and to my professors for your patience and guidance. 

Post-graduate plans: 
Avery will study Biblical Hebrew this summer before pursuing a master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Cambridge. 

Career goals/professional aspirations: 
Avery aspires to become a professional philosopher, historian, and philologist concerned with understanding the development and transformation of scientific knowledge in antiquity and the Middle Ages as well as ethical issues surrounding modern science and medicine.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.