Arianna Chen

Arianna Chen
Pomona College , Student Ambassador
Email: amcu2015@mymail.pomona.edu
School:Pomona College
CYA Term:Fall 2017
Major:Politics
Anticipated Graduation Month/Year:2019

Based on your experience with CYA, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester or summer abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?

I think studying abroad has pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and has forced me to learn how to ask for help and be okay with being not on top of everything. It has also changed my outlook on how I see the world, as I've become aware of different perspectives other than the narrative I've been around in the States. The classes here has also taught me how everything is becoming interconnected-- something that is happening in the US affects what happens here in Greece and vice versa, prompting me to become more invested in global politics instead of focusing on what's happening in the United States.

What advice do you have for prospective students who are interested in or planning to study abroad with CYA?
What do you wish you knew before starting your study abroad experience?

I wish that I knew just how welcoming Greeks were and that the language barrier would not be that daunting of an obstacle.

What would you be willing to share about your CYA experience with other students?

Student of color
Student-athlete

What extracurricular activities were you involved with in Greece?

tennis, gym, CYA media lab internship

Favorite food in Greece?

Souvlaki

Favorite class you took at CYA?

Crisis and Recovery in Greece and Europe

Favorite quote from abroad?

"When someone is flirting too hard, send them to hell." - Peggy