Kiki Lewis

Kiki Lewis
Pacific Lutheran U , Student Ambassador
Email:lewiska@plu.edu
School: Pacific Lutheran University
CYA Term:Spring 2017
Major: History / Classical Studies
Anticipated Graduation Month/Year:2019

School Pacific Lutheran University
CYA Term Spring 2017
Major History / Classical Studies
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? 

Studying and living abroad has positively expanded my world views as a global citizen. I have become more independent and unafraid to go out and adventure on my own, something that I now feel comfortable enough to do back in the states. Connecting with new people from all over the world has given me opportunities to learn and grow through shared experiences and conversations about personal, political, and academic situations. Making these connections with other individuals has helped me to expand my network with personal and professional relationships that I know will help in my future.

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?

The best thing to do before studying abroad anywhere is to have an open mind about your program and location. Coming in with uneasy preconceptions about the country, city, or even program you will be involved with can make transitions more difficult if you come to find it's not what you expected. That being said, being abroad can lead to all kinds of new experiences like different foods, new friendships, many places to explore, along with many other things which should be experienced by you!

How was the political climate in Greece different from what are you used to? If applicable, describe a time when you had to navigate a political conversation during your time abroad.

The political activity is evidently very active in Greece, and you can see that through many aspects such as strikes and grafitti. Local Greeks have often spoken to me about their feelings towards the economic crisis and how it has affected them/their families/their businesses. People will often comment/ask Americans about the political situation in America, particularly about Donald Trump.

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

  • Finances while abroad
  • Religion while abroad
  • Mental health while abroad

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

While abroad, I connected with a local bakery owner Dimitris who always welcomed me with a smile and sweets whenever I came in. These kinds of connections really added to my experience of living in a new culture and really made it feel like a home to me.

Favorite food in Greece?

Gyros!

Favorite class you took at CYA?

Sports, Games, and Spectacles in the Graeco-Roman World