Taylor Nunley
Student Ambassador
Email: [email protected]
School:Grinnell College
Cya Term:ARCH-346: Diversity, Difference, and Regionality Among Greek States
Major:Classics and English
Anticipated Graduation:5/20/2026

As a Classical Studies major, there is no experience like studying abroad in Greece itself. Seeing firsthand the monuments and sites that I have been learning about in my classes for two years finally brought ancient history to life for me. The ancient world was no longer vague shapes I read about in thousands of years old books nor pictures of artworks that I squinted at in class, but rather living and breathing history I walked through and saw in person. Before I came to study at CYA for the summer, I was mostly only interested in the ancient Mediterranean world. When I finished my course, I left with an appreciation for Greek culture today and a better understanding of my own identity.

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

Try to learn at least a few words/phrases in Modern Greek before coming to CYA! Not only will it help your own navigation in Greece, but a "thank you" or "hello" in the locals' own language goes a long way.

And be prepared to be adaptable. You're likely going to run into many situations where you'll have to be patient and problem-solve, whether it be because of language barriers, navigating a city/island, or encountering new cultural norms. Researching before certain situations to prepare always helped me feel more confident.

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:

Classical Studies major, Finances, First-generation student, First-time international traveler

Favorite food in Greece?


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