Abby Bailey
Student Ambassador

Email: [email protected]
School: Elon University
Cya Term: Summer 2021
Major: Strategic Communications
Anticipated Graduation: 5/13/2022

Based on your experience with CYA, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester or summer abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?

Studying abroad has benefited me academically, personally, and professionally. Through my class I enriched my knowledge by expanding my ideas, viewpoints, and biases. Being immersed in another culture and learning in Athens has helped me grow and learn exponentially. I have reflected on the Greek culture and the interconnectedness of our world. I have made friends who come from all walks of life and have created lifelong memories through the people and places I came into contact with. I explored and experienced Greece for all it has to offer. I developed more self-awareness through the exposure of differences. Professionally, I was able to interact and make relationships with professors and staff who helped me to grow and learn.

What advice do you have for prospective students who are interested in or planning to study abroad with CYA?

It is okay to be uncomfortable and to do things on your own. I would recommend taking a trip or finding the time to explore on your own. This really grew me and helped me develop a lot of confidence.

Please select any of the following that apply to you, and that you would be willing to share about your CYA experience with other students:

Finances while abroad, Religion while abroad

Favorite food in Greece?

Stuffed tomatoes or fava

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