Athens, Greece
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Kendall O'Keefe

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Women's Studies
Hometown: Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I traveled to Greece to learn more about the religious and historical background of the country. By traveling to different sites, I learned how Greece kickstarted much of what we deem modern civilization and how our culture differs from the Greek culture.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience had a significant impact on me academically as I learned a great deal about where we got our start as a civilization. We visited several sites that showed us where historical figures made revolutionary discoveries that impacted how we interact with each other and with knowledge. I also got to learn how another cultures handle mental health, which was extremely eye-opening since that is the primary focus of my future career.

"Living in a new country gave me a new appreciation and understanding of how culture impacts people's beliefs."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Living in a new country gave me a new appreciation and understanding of how culture impacts people's beliefs. Seeing how people from another country interact with each other and handle day-to-day struggles will be helpful to my future role as a therapist.

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.)?

I worked with my advisor during the 2021-2022 school year to figure out a plan of action that worked best with my schedule. I also received enrichment funds from the College of Liberal Arts to help aid in some of the financial requirements of this experience.

For more information on study abroad experiences for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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