Andrew Forsyth

Andrew Forsyth
Student Ambassador , U of Southern California
Email: [email protected]
School:University of Southern California
CYA Term:Summer 2017
Major:Chemical Engineering
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? 

Spending a summer abroad gives you context about a different culture altogether. In addition for me, I had never studied archeology and after taking MS347 I fell in love with the subject. There are many benefits, most of which cannot be foreseen prior to going.

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 I had known more about the culture of Athens coming in so that I did not waste time trying to find out what there was to do and the nightlife scene those first couple of days. Perhaps looking into the unique things Athens has to offer would've helped me spend my time more wisely in the beginning.

What extracurricular activities were you involved with in Greece?

I was an avid tourist and food enthusiast.

Briefly describe a cultural experience you had that was significant to you in any way.

One experience that impacted me was that shopkeepers in Athens would start to know, and try to form a friendship with us. This was pleasant and we received many free things as a result.

Favorite food in Greece?

BBQ gyro

Favorite class you took at CYA?

When Egypt meets the Aegean: Interconnections in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean (Thera [Santorini], Crete, Athens)

Favorite quote from abroad?

"Bones is my alter ego.. You'll meet him soon enough." - Brendan Powell

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