Classics training can help develop "useful ways of thinking," McNelis says, though etymologies "are probably not all that significant in helping students."
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Sklar says three classmates out of 70 at St. John's, which she says is often called "the Great Books School," also went on to medical school—"a measurable but not huge percentage."
"I advise people to pursue what they are most driven to do; if that is classics, so be it. Habits of logical, clear thinking are helpful, but there are many ways to develop these skills," she says. "There are many ways to skin this cat."
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