|School:||College of the Holy Cross|
|Cya Term:||Spring 2021|
|Major:||History and Russian Studies|
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 in Greece taught me a lot about who I am and what I want to do with my life. It sounds corny, but I think study abroad helped me to actualize my goals for myself. It helped me understand how I can be independent in a way I didn’t understand before, and showed me that I can make friendships and forge relationships with people who I never would have approached before. It has made me more open to the experiences around me, has taught me to say yes more, and prepared me to take these lessons back home and integrate them into my regular life.
What advice do you have for prospective students who are interested in or planning to study abroad with CYA?
I wish I knew that the months would fly by. As much as I feel like I took advantage of my time abroad, I still find myself wishing that I could spend one more sunrise at Lycabettus with my roommates. My advice would be to get to know Athens. I was uniquely positioned to get to know the city really well because of our particularly different semester with Covid, and I know that the temptation to get to know the rest of Greece is wonderful, but Athens is truly such a gem. If you can spend more downtime just doing homework in the national gardens, you should.
How was the political climate in Greece different from what are you used to? If applicable, describe a time when you had to navigate a political conversation during your time abroad.
The political climate is certainly interesting. I felt like a lot of the time my job was just to listen, as I am not Greek and do not have any background in Greek politics. Mostly, I think people understand that Americans, and non-Greeks, don’t have quite the same amount of Greek political literacy and are quite patient in describing a situation.
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:
LGBTQ student, Religion while abroad, Student athlete, Mental health while abroad
Briefly describe a cultural experience you had that was significant to you in any way.
My favorite experience in Greece was after watching the sunset at the Panathenaic Stadium, next door to CYA, me and my friends say the security guard taking down the giant Greek flags from the flagpoles. We struck up a conversation with him. His name was George, he told us his favorite things about working there, and then he gave us some of the flags. It was amazing.
Favorite food in Greece?
Easily souvlaki. Or loukumades. Or saganaki. Or…
Favorite class you took at CYA?
Favorite quote from abroad?
"How long has the Parthenon been under construction? I thought they started it in the 5th century. "