On October 5-7 CYA was delighted to host The Forum on Education Abroad 3rd European conference Living Change: Education Abroad in 21st Century Europe. We welcomed 350 education abroad administrators and faculty from across Europe, as well as their colleagues from the U.S. who work with European programs and universities.
By Maddi Brenner
Studying abroad isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. As much as we’d like to think that.
Exhaustion, really. That’s the word I’d like to use while explaining this week. Now, most of the time this word brings a negative connotation and sure, that’s true. I did have a very hard week, but it was also good in some ways. As a student/ tourist/ foreigner, nothing seems to be stagnant. I’m either traveling on my own, studying in the library, going out to eat, making food at home, etc. There is always something: dramatic, interesting, intense, scary, traumatizing, chaotic, boring, minimal. Everything.
By Alyssa Tayrien
Filled with ruins, relics, and remnants of ancient and modern occupations, Crete is an island with a rich identity and proud people.
While sitting on the shoreline at Matala, Crete, a little girl of about 5 years old walked up next to me. Without a word, we smiled at each other and began playing in the sand together. After a few minutes, she promptly stood up and just as quickly as she sat down, she ran to join her sister out in the waves… What a thing to grow up in a place like Crete: surrounded by such naturally beautiful landscape and a people shaped by a complex history. Filled with ruins, relics, and remnants of ancient and modern occupations, Crete is an island with a rich identity and a proud people.
By Maddi Brenner
An absurd contradiction between dreams and reality
Throughout this past week, I’ve struggled and also made peace with the busy and hectic challenges as a student studying abroad because I am so new to this. I’m bombarded with wrong turns, language barriers, a constant state of tiredness and an abundant amount of stares and stress. I recognize my strong American accent, see the comfort I’ve spent 20 years living with back in the states pulled away at the seams and notice the extra hint of flavor that makes Athens so rich with life. Here’s a recap and what I’ve learned during week 1.
By Alyssa Tayrien
The Athenian culture promotes a feeling of connectivity between people. No one exists in his or her own separate world, but as all together all the time
By travelling to a new city and moving to a town with new people, I stepped into the city of Athens expecting a monstrous amount of “culture shock.” The funny thing about “shock” however, is that we are always shocked by what we do not expect. I expected to find differences in food, in language and in principles. What I failed to expect was such a vast difference in not only the way Grecian people treat each other, but also in the way they think of each other – how they just exist together.
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