I was physics major first, then a math major, and then an early participant in Yale’s Five Year B.A. international Program. After returning from a year in Ethiopia, I resumed my studies of math, but without much enthusiasm. Then one day I wandered into the Peabody Museum on Whitney Avenue. Inspired by archeological and cultural richness of the Peabody, impressed by the affability of the anthropology professors, and deeply imbued by my experiences in Ethiopia, I readily changed my major to anthropology. Over the next year and a half I returned to the Peabody Museum on many occasions and to the life-changing inspiration it provided.
– Phil Thorn