Kendall Roach
Student Ambassador

Email: [email protected]
School: UNC Chapel Hill
Cya Term: Summer 2021
Major: Poli Sci and European Studies
Anticipated Graduation: 5/16/2023

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?

I learned so much about the history and sociology of people who have come before me. By having a greater understanding of the past, and specifically the origins of democracy, I can better inform my own understanding of politics. I also gained so much independence and learned a lot about myself. I learned about what I truly am interested in studying, which contributed to me adding a major after returning home. I hope to work abroad when I graduate!

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

Do it! It may seem scary or overwhelming, but there is a support system that you will be encouraged by. You'll never really be alone, and meeting new people will push you in great ways. Plan things out, even if it's just a rough idea, of what you want to do. That way you'll avoid feeling lonely or helpless while you're abroad and you can invite new friends to join you on adventures. You'll learn so much about new culture and have so much fun.

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:

Religion while abroad, Mental health while abroad

Briefly describe a cultural experience you had that was significant to you in any way.

I was at the farmers market in Kerameikos. A seller was trying to get my attention by shouting Greek and then Chinese greetings. I'm not Chinese and that would definitely enrage me in the US, but I didn't know what to think there. I've gotten a lot of questions asking if I'm from China, but I'm American. I wasn't expecting this when I came to Greece, but I've definitely gotten a different perspective on identity here.

Favorite food in Greece?

Stifado

Favorite class you took at CYA?

Plague, Politics & Populism | Classical Athens as Parable for Modern Greece and Europe

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