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Athens, Greece: History, Culture, and Archaeology of Greece
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Erin Haney

Paterno Fellow
Major: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Minor: Latin and Ancient Greek
Hometown: Blue Bell

How did you learn about this opportunity?

The program is run by my department, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, so I have heard about the program ever since I started taking CAMS classes.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My time in Greece has been everything I had hoped for and more. I absolutely love studying in this country. The culture is incredible, the language beautiful and the people are warm and kind. I have relished the opportunity to learn Greek history and archaeology while being able to experience many of the sites first hand. I have also enjoyed learning the Greek language so that I am better able to communicate with the locals. Overall, Greece has been an amazing experience and I feel that I have gained an even more encompassing appreciation for different cultures. Besides the academic benefits of learning on site, I have gained a greater world view while living here in Greece. I had the incredible opportunity to help out in the refugee crisis and meet the ferries carrying the refugees that come into Athens. This was a type of opportunity that only study abroad could give me, and I feel as if I have gained a valuable life experience as well as a better understanding of the world we live in.

I had the incredible opportunity to help out in the refugee crisis and meet the ferries carrying the refugees that come into Athens. 

How did this experience impact you academically?

Being a Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies major, my interests and passions lie in all things Roman and Greek. To be able to take my learning experiences of Greek history, art, literature, and archaeology out of the classroom and into the ruins of this ancient world is incredible. I feel that I have gained so much more appreciation and knowledge for the Greek world being able to study it so hands on.

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

My goal is to attain my masters and PhD in Classics and archaeology and eventually work as a professor at a university. This study abroad experience has helped me to further my knowledge of the ancient world and grow my passion for it. Being on the sites here in Greece has allowed me to gain further understanding of certain archaeological and art theories involved in acquiring a full view of the ancient world. Being here in Greece has also made me learn that I would like to possibly attend the American School of Classical Studies here in Athens for part of graduate studies.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I absolutely would. First, Greece is an incredible country to live and study in. The culture is one that is very different from the U.S. and this is an amazing opportunity to learn more about. Secondly, as a liberal arts student, Greece is where it all began. Law, drama, literature, democracy, philosophy, and rhetoric were all born. What better place to gain a better appreciation of so many fields of study than Greece. Plus learning the history of Greece is absolutely fascinating and way more rewarding when you actually get to see the acropolis with your own eyes.

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