How did I prepare to go abroad or how did I choose my program? Since the end of freshman year, I have been dreaming about going to Greece. I am a Genetics major but I am also getting a certificate in Classics. When I found out that I would be able to earn credit towards my certificate, I became ecstatic and driven to go to Greece. To prepare for my trip abroad, I applied for scholarships and attended workshops. The scholarships helped me plan financially while I was abroad and helped me pay for this program. The workshops helped me prepare for my life while I was abroad, such as laundry and safety.
What was the academic experience like? The academic experience was more hands on because we learned by exploring museums and going to archaeological sites. There was also a tour guide, who was familiar with the museums and sites accompany us. While we walked around, our tour guide explained the history and culture of the artifacts and statues. Seeing the history while learning about it helped me to attain more of the information.
Most memorable moment? The most memorable moment for me on my trip to Greece was when we went to a hot spring and there was housing for Syrian Refugees. When we pulled up in the bus, we saw many small children and they were running along with the bus and smiling. They were so happy to see us and their happiness really affected me. My tour guide bought a bag of cherries for them and they were so excited to receive them. It was really grounding to realize all they went through and to see them smiling allowed me to change my outlook on life.
Advice for future students? My advice for this program would be to keep an open mind and try new things. While I was in Greece, I allowed myself to be more carefree. This helped me to experience Greece in more than a touristic way. Academically, my advice would be to apply what you learn about the culture and history of Greece to the culture and history of America. My advice in general is to have fun and open yourself up to new friendships and experiences.