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Athens, Greece
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Leah Davis

Major: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Minor: None
Hometown: Richmond

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity while researching study abroad opportunities on the PSU Education Abroad website.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I have been in Athens, Greece for the past three months. I've attended classes such as Modern Greek, Ancient Greek Archaeology, Byzantine History, Herodotus and his World, and Athenian Mythology. Along with classes I've observed archaeological digs and ancient ruins. We visited ancient sites such as the Athenian Acropolis, Ancient Sparta, Ancient Olympia, and Mycenae. I’ve also been able to travel outside of Greece on weekends to experience other countries and cultures. On this trip I’ve been able to observe and experience things I never thought I would in my lifetime. If I could, I would do it all over again.

Actually visiting the archaeological sites while we studied about them in class was an enormous help in understanding the concepts we learned about.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this program has introduced me to some of the best professors I have ever had. Their knowledge and love for the fields they teach made me confident that I made the right decision majoring in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Actually visiting the archaeological sites while we studied about them in class was an enormous help in understanding the concepts we learned about. Seeing the sites in person helped to compare them all rather than just looking at a slide show. Our group was a tiny group of eight students, which helped more with personal discussions in the classroom.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goals after college include continuing into the field of either Libraries or Archival Studies. Athens was a wonderful place to get to know people in both of those fields. The director of the program took us to the Gennadius Library here in Athens, and we got to meet the Archivist and Librarians. The archivist currently working at the library gave us a presentation of different rare and important artifacts that are being preserved there. We also got to see some of the archives kept at the American School of Classical studies. I got to speak with the Archivists about further schooling, and what it entails to become one myself.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I definitely would. This program has taught me so much about another culture while also making me appreciate my own a little more. I visited places I never thought would be imaginable for me.

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