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Athens, Greece: History, Culture, and Archaeology of Greece
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Charissa Skoutelas

Liberal Arts Major(s): Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Global and International Studies
Minor: Greek, Religious Studies, Geography
Hometown: Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The most rewarding part of my experience abroad was being able to take part in the local culture and environment of Athens. While in the past I have had the opportunity to visit Greece, it wasn't until this trip that I had the experience of being one of the locals. Through developing my language skills and learning about local habits, I had the amazing opportunity to be able to call a new city my own and for it to claim me also as one of its own.

My time in a new culture and political system has helped expand my worldview beyond the United States-centered mindset that I think is so pervasive back home

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience was invaluable. It offered so many courses in the Classics beyond the basic curriculum offered back at Penn State, allowing me to develop a better sense of what direction in the Classics I would like to take. I have learned, for instance, that I have a deep interest in Greek and Latin translation and literature, and that this is something I would like to pursue beyond my undergraduate career. In addition, as it was a PSU faculty-led program, I was able to transfer all credits seamlessly to continue with my majors and minors with no issue. All in all, this experience teaches you so much about the country of Greece and its ancient roots, which I have to come to develop a love for.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has helped me realize that I would like to go to graduate school in the Classics after I graduate and also that I would love to live in a city and possibly abroad! I don't believe that I would have had these realizations had I not left my comfort zone and studied abroad this semester. In addition, this program has allowed me to develop meaningful connections with the incredible faculty leading and teaching here in Athens. Finally, my time in a new culture and political system has helped expand my worldview beyond the United States-centered mindset that I think is so pervasive back home.

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