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Colin Fletcher ′11

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Major: Philosophy

How is being a philosophy major here at Rhodes going?
Right now it feels pretty rigorous. I’m taking three philosophy courses: Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, and Philosophy of Law. I love them all, but it’s really easy to get stressed out about taking so much philosophy all at once.

So do you regret taking three philosophy courses at the same time?
Actually, no. First off, I love studying philosophy. Second, I think the stress forces me to really evaluate my thoughts, making them much sounder. And with mentorship from Professors Dagger and Shade, my work gets the guidance it needs. They truly motivate me to dig more deeply into my work.

Which philosophy course do you enjoy the most?
To be honest, I find law fascinating. I’m enamored with it. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been the person who loves to make arguments based simply on principle. I’m hoping to practice international law later in life.

Why international law?
Japanese culture intrigues me because that country’s cultural and social norms are very different from ours. Japanese society is almost completely homogenous and its social structures are rigorously strict. There’s a humongous shame culture there, which is so different from our culture. I want to see the world from a different perspective. Next semester, I’ll be studying abroad in Japan. It’s kind of funny that I’ve been taking Japanese for four years, but the language is so difficult and so technical that I have to take subsidiary language courses just to be in philosophy courses there.

Are there other ways you’ve tried to better understand the culture?
Anime Club here at Rhodes is one of the ways to get into the culture. Anime is the cartoon of Japan. It’s a great way to discover the zeitgeist of the people. Within every episode, I get a better sense of the cultural, intellectual and political spirit of Japan. Anime Club has been a really fun way to prepare for immersing myself inside the culture without having to leave the gates of Rhodes.

What else do you do for fun?
Aside from working in the media center, which is a pretty fun work-study, I’m an active member in Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and I work with GreenRhodes.

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