Latin Phrase: Alma mater
Special summer series on Latin phrases! While many of Latin words are still used in today’s English-speaking academia, not many opportunities are given for international students to learn those useful expressions thoroughly. For this summer, ISO Culture Thursday will introduce some basic Latin words every week.
Do you still have a great affection with the school that you graduated from? “Alma mater (literally ‘Nourishing/bounteous mother’)” is a Latin phrase that is commonly used to indicate a school, college, or university that one has previously graduated from. Or, it sometimes refers to the official song of a school. Current examples would be: ‘“She donated 10 million dollars to her alma mater, MIT,” or “Mark returned to his alma mater as an associate professor to teach quantum theory.”