Tennis has been a constant in my life for more than 10 years. At my home institution of Pomona College, you could count on seeing me wearing athletic wear, hair in a ponytail, and carrying around my tennis racquets dashing from class to practice—I’m pretty sure some people have never seen me in “normal” clothes and think that my tennis racquets are permanently glued to my hands like Thor and his hammer. For the majority of my life, being a student-athlete has defined me as a person and been central to my identity.
When Jayla had envisioned herself studying abroad in Athens, she saw herself climbing up to the Acropolis and taking trips to different countries. She did not see herself teaching English every Wednesday for two hours to a Sudanese journalist who had written something seen as unfavorable within the country and was consequently expelled.
When Robert Leary came to Pangrati and stepped into the College Year in Athens building, it was a homecoming of sorts. A former student of the CYA Union College faculty-led program in 1982 while studying politics at Union College, he is now back in Athens for a different reason: as the new CEO of The Olayan Group, a global conglomerate of investment and operating companies based in Athens, London, New York and Riyadh. It can be said that a lot has changed since 1982. Mr. Leary is now connected to CYA not as a student, but as a former trustee and alumnus, he has added a political science degree and a law degree to his name, and has broadened his scope past politics through working extensively in law and the financial sector.
A couple of weeks ago, the Athens Coffee Festival came to town. What is the Athens Coffee Festival you might ask? According to their website, it is “a large celebration of coffee and its culture, addressed both to industry professionals and the general public”. According to me, it was the best homework break I have ever taken and the ideal place for me to test out my body’s limits for intake of caffeine.
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