Athens, Greece: Ancient Gods, Modern Culture, and the Psychology of Religious Belief
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Charmaine Wood

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Ethics
Hometown: Claymont, Delaware
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I spent six weeks studying both the psychology of religion and cross-cultural psychology while becoming immersed in the Greek culture in the city of Athens. I was also able to visit other cities, towns, and islands throughout the country of Greece to explore the intricacies of cultures even within one country.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience allowed my to complete two classes for my major program, as well as gain skills of how to learn in new spaces and environments in addition to learning through a more hands on experience. Academically, I am much better off because of this program. I enjoyed taking both a 200-level and a 400-level psychology class in an area where the content could so easily be applied to my surroundings.

"By meeting [professionals] and interacting with them and their work, I was able to learn which fields I could likely envision myself in and which I could not."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Throughout my trip, I was able to meet multiple professionals both in my field of study and outside of my field of study. By meeting these people and interacting with them and their work, I was able to learn which fields I could likely envision myself in and which I could not. I also gained a better understanding of how some professions in my field are treated cross-culturally, such as social workers which are often underfunded and overworked. Regardless, their work is so important that I believe I may pursue that option within my career to help others.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts advertised this program through study abroad fairs which helped my find it and understand what the program entailed prior to going. They helped me succeed by providing enrichment funds to me when I would have otherwise not been able to justify the cost of the trip. Every little bit helps and the college definitely made and impact in my financial ability to succeed in my study abroad experience.

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