Shiro Burnette

Shiro Burnette
Graduated , Student Ambassador , U of the South: Sewanee
School:The University of the South: Sewanee
CYA Term:Fall 2016

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? 

For many people, a study abroad experience will be the longest span of time that they spend away from home. As such, this foreign country becomes a new home. This allows you to fully immerse yourself into a culture other than your own. After the 2-3 week benchmark, you begin to transition from tourist to local as you become more familiar with your surroundings. As an Archaeology student at my home institution, this was a great opportunity to explore spaces I had only previously seen in textbooks and articles. CYA fosters this immersion by offering on-site classes where classes regarding the Parthenon will be held at the Acropolis. On-site classes are not limited to just the Acropolis but all across Athens, and subsequently Greece with trips to Greek islands, the Peloponnese, and more.This type of experience was insurmountable as I am able to take the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of these locations with me as I revisit them in my academic career in the 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?

Athens is a rich city, both historically and culturally. There are dozens of diverse opportunities to experience if you take the initiative to go and discover them. I have no doubt that you will stumble across surprising side streets with great food vendors, restaurants, coffee shops and more. Likewise, do not be afraid to get lost. A friendly "Signome" can go a long way!

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

  • Student of color
  • Finances while abroad

 Favorite food in Greece?


Favorite class you took at CYA?

The Culture of Modern Greece: The Ethnography of a Society in Transition

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