Molly Holsinger
Student Ambassador
Email: [email protected]
School:University of Southern California
Cya Term:Spring 2024
Major:Political Science and Sociology
Anticipated Graduation:5/1/2025

Studying abroad expanded my worldview immensely. Being integrated into a community outside of my home country made me a better, more community-minded person. It also contextualized my experience in politics on a global scale. As a political science major, I found that being in a country that is so politically charged was an invaluable experience and gave me the chance to interact with different people and develop my views.

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

I felt very prepared to come to Athens which was nice. My biggest advice for prospective students is to really get to know Greece. There were some people who traveled out of the country every weekend, which is awesome for them, but the best part of studying abroad is getting to fully immerse yourself in a new country and a new culture. Take the weekends to visit different neighborhoods, go on day trips to islands, etc.

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.

Greece was very politically charged and is not as much of a "taboo"/controversial topic (i.e. people feel much more comfortable talking about politics and generally have strong opinions of their own). Protest is very important to Greek politics, but my favorite way to interact with the political climate in Greece was through graffiti. Political graffiti is, in my opinion, one of the most memorable and unique parts of Athens.

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, First-time international traveler, Mental health

Favorite food in Greece?

Gyros from Grill & Pita

Favorite class you took at CYA?

Solidarity, Social Movements, and the Fight for Justice and Change in Greece: a Service Learning Approach with Aimee Placas

What extracurricular activities were you involved with in Greece?

Volunteered at Caritas Hellas

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