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CAMS 25 Embedded trip to Greece
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Lindsay Simmins

Major: CAMS, Anthropology
Minor: none
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I first learned about this enrichment experience through my professor, Mary Munn, last semester. She informed her students that she was teaching a class about Greek civilization that would be going to Greece. As a Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies student who has always dreamed of travelling Greece, I joined her class this semester and connected everything I have learned to my trip through Greece.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Traveling to Greece has always been a dream of mine, and Penn State made that dream come true. Seeing the places I learned about in class was an experience I will never be able to put into words. We traveled to popular parts of Greece, such as Athens, Delphi, Thebes, etc. Experiencing these places for myself really helped to solidify my knowledge and provide a foundation for all of the information that I had gained. I would highly recommend embedded programs to other students as they are worth every second.

"Traveling to Greece has always been a dream of mine, and Penn State made that dream come true."

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically in the best way that it could have. Prior to traveling to Greece, I learned in class about everything I would soon see in person. This trip solidified all of the information I had learned, as there is no better way to learn or understand things than through experiencing them in person. This trip also taught me the importance of visiting and appreciating the locations I learn about- these locations have so much to offer and are much more impressive than how they appear in books and on slideshows.

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

My ultimate goal is to become an archaeologist, preferentially specifying in Roman. However, before I decided to become an archaeologist, I fell in love with the classical world through Greek mythology and history. Greece has always captivated me, and the more I have grown, the more I have learned about ancient cultures other than Greece, and I have fallen in love with those as well. As this trip was led by two Greek archaeologists, I received personal insight into what it was like to be an archaeologist- the challenges and hardships, the rewards, and the final outcomes. By going on this trip, I am now even more inspired and in love with my career path than I was before- I can't wait to go on digs of my own, and leave my own impact on the field of archaeology.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would 110% recommend this experience to LA students. Why? Why not! If you are ever given the opportunity to go abroad for your chosen field of study, you should absolutely go. This is because you learn on site. You are able to connect your knowledge to your surroundings, and that is something that can't happen if you stay in State College! I promise you won't regret it.

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