|Cya Term:||Fall 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?
In my view, the most rewarding parts of my experience abroad have been the deep appreciation I've gained for living amongst other cultures, as well as the opportunity to meet many new kinds of people. During my semester in Greece, I had the chance to travel all around the country with CYA; I tasted new foods, saw incredible art, and met people who I never would have encountered if I had stayed in the U.S. Furthermore, I made friends from all over the states during my CYA classes!
What advice do you have for prospective students who are interested in or planning to study abroad with CYA?
Studying in Greece has been a wonderful and life-changing experience. That being said, I don't think I was fully prepared for the homesickness I would feel living in Athens. The time difference, being away from close friends and family, and seeing them live their lives at home, can really enhance what would otherwise only be a little longing for home. Still, I have found that an appropriate balm for this is to go out and explore the city. By staying present and appreciating the beauty of the country where I was, it was easier to avoid being homesick for too long.
Briefly describe a cultural experience you had that was significant to you in any way.
My mom's grandparents immigrated to the United States from the Peloponnese, so when I got to visit the region with CYA it was really special for me. I think the best moment of that trip was being gifted an orange from a church at near Sparta. It's one thing to admire the beauty of Spartan orange groves, but tasting one will change your life.
Favorite food in Greece?
Souvlaki, hands down. Incredible Greek export.
Favorite class you took at CYA?