Kit Adderley— Alumni Profile | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Kit Adderley

    Kit Adderley

    Class of 2013

    Majors: Classics and Drama

    “Who will this child become?”

    That’s a question every parent asks. But for Christopher (Kit) Adderley’s parents, finding an answer was almost as easy as glancing out their back window.

    “Instead of playing cowboys and Indians, my brother and I played Romans and Carthaginians,” confesses the senior classics and drama major. “We would even pretend that the play-set behind my friend’s house was a Carthaginian war elephant.”

    Kit’s passion for all things ancient was sparked by way of a children’s book on Alexander the Great. Which led to similar books on Julius Caesar, Romulus and Remus, and other heroes of the ancient world.

    “I was in third grade,” he recalls, “and can remember thinking, ‘I could read about this stuff forever.’”

    Through the years that thought never changed, and eventually, it led him to Franciscan.

    “Franciscan was Catholic and offered classics; it seemed like a good fit,” he explains. “I didn’t really know much about the University so it was a shot in the dark. But as it turned out, it was one of the best decisions of my life.”

    Over the past three years, Kit has kept himself busy playing intramural sports, serving as coordinator and co-coordinator of Pater Noster (the household he co-founded as a freshman), and acting in six plays on campus. This fall, he’ll also direct his first one-act play and serve as president of the new student improv club, Pun Intended.

    As for his passion for the Roman world…well, that’s only continued to grow. “When I came in, Latin wasn’t the important thing. I just wanted to study the Romans,” he says. “But it grew on me and has become a big important thing for me this past year. It’s changed the way I think. It’s helped me better understand English, better understand other languages, better understand Roman culture, and better understand Christianity.”

    This past summer, Kit had the chance to hone those Latin skills by participating in a summer program in Rome (sponsored by the American Institute of Roman Culture). With his classmates, he trekked about the Eternal City, reading Eutropius’ Breviarium historiae Romanae, visiting the sites of which the fourth-century historian wrote, and discussing what they learned . . . all in spoken Latin.

    Given his enthusiasm for the language and the culture it reflects, Kit’s post-graduation plans aren’t surprising.

    “I’m hoping to teach Latin in a high school or middle school,” he says. “I love the language, I love kids, and I love learning. I want to bring that to other people. If I can bring what I love to others and help them love it too, that seems like the best thing in the world to me.”

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