Michael Newton
Student Ambassador
Email: [email protected]
School:Swarthmore College
Cya Term:Spring 2022
Major:Education/Black/Mathematic Studies
Anticipated Graduation:5/31/2024

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?

The benefits of studying abroad through CYA are truly infinite. From pre-planned field trips that take you around Greece to their extracurricular activities, CYA ensures that adventure is at the forefront of your semester abroad. I default to personal development as the biggest success from spending a semester in Greece. For me, it was learning how to navigate urban development and a new, foreign language. This experience also forced me to be more comfortable with socializing with new people on the spot, something I now consider a strength.

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

Compare this program to others. This program is a rarity as there are at least 2.5 minimum weeks of travel embedded in the program. I wish that I knew that missing the first week of studying abroad was not the end of the world. Other circumstances kept me from flying out on my intended date, and I certainly thought my shot at socializing was out the window. When in fact, I kept meeting new people and forming new friendships up until the end of the program.

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, Student of color, Finances while abroad, Mental health while abroad, Travel/vacationing inside of Greece, Dietary restrictions

Favorite class you took at CYA?

Trauma and the Remaking of the Self

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