Kayla is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Greco-Roman
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I knew that I wanted to study abroad one semester ever since I participated in a high school study abroad program. In fact, I chose CSB/SJU partially because of their remarkable study abroad programs. Greco-Roman was my program of choice because of the unique opportunity it offered to experience two cultures, two countries, and two languages all in one program. Plus studying art, ancient history, and theology in locations that are so significant to each of these fields made it difficult for me to consider any other program.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
Every Friday in Athens there was a street market all day where you could find everything from groceries to clothes to knick knacks. The conversation and shouts between venders were as colorful as the produce they were selling and interacting with them was a fun way to practice Greek.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
It is impossible to sum up all of the remarkable experiences I had abroad in a few tidy sentences, so I would love to email or sit down and speak to anyone about more specific aspects of my time abroad. Each day was filled with adventures (from hiking to the top of the Vatican to buying groceries at the Athens street market in Greek), which large or small, were rewarding ways to learn about myself and the world. We had the independence to really make the trip our own based on which opportunities we chose to take and along the way I gained a close family of friends in my fellow Greco-Romaners.
Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?
I learned so much abroad, both in and out of class. Often for class we were actually in front of artworks or at the ancient site we were studying. How much more hands on can class get? Traveling and navigating large cities were like classes in themselves. Because of these experiences, I feel more independent and confident in my ability to adapt and stay calm in new and challenging situations. Also after seeing the world through several new cultural perspectives I think I am more culturally conscious.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
To be succinct, I would say pack light, don't be afraid to try new things, invest in experiences, take advantage of every free afternoon, and ask questions.
Do you have questions about studying abroad in Greco-Roman? Email Kayla at email@example.com