|School:||U of Southern California|
|CYA Term:||Academic Year 2017-2018|
|Anticipated Graduation Month/Year:||12/2019|
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 became much more independent by studying abroad by traveling alone to other countries or even exploring Athens on my own. Another incredible benefit is meeting so many people from across the US in the program and even people from all over the world while traveling or volunteering abroad.
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?
Stay in Athens for at least one weekend. Definitely travel to other countries and other Greek cities and islands as well, but there's so much to see that you may miss out on by traveling to other countries every single weekend. Also, don't forget to take your ICOMOS card everywhere you go because you never know when it can come in handy. I used mine to skip lines and get in free to so many museums and sites in and out of Greece.
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.
People in Greece (and a lot of Europe) are more open to talking about politics and don't see it as much of a "taboo" subject. A lot of people would ask about my political affiliation and who I voted for pretty much everywhere I went.
Please select any of the following that apply to you, and that you would be willing to share about your CYA experience with other students:
Finances while abroad
Favorite food in Greece?
Souvlaki from Elvis
Favorite class you took at CYA?