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I have a whole new outlook on life
Submitted by Kolby Smith - Saginaw Valley State University | August 18, 2017
I chose Athena because it was the most inclusive and cost-effective. Yuko, our on-site advisor, was simply amazing. I have a whole new outlook on life and have gained a new appreciation for different cultures and places!
One challenge that I faces was paying with small value bills in the local shops (they rarely accept large bills). During my free time I would eat out and the country is very safe overall.
I have gained a new perspective
Submitted by Anna Destino - Lynchburg College | August 18, 2017
I chose Athena because I heard the program was small and personable like Lynchburg College.
I have gained a new perspective on Thebes's beauty of same towns. Athena's advisors were very helpful in the experiences around town. I also found my courses to be intellectually stimulating but nothing too difficult. The excursions were very fun but sometimes we ended up spending more money then anticipated at the restaurants out during the excursions
During my free time we hung out with locals and visited Rome and Florence. It felt very safe. I never felt uncomfortable by any means
Thankful for being pushed to my limits
Submitted by Julia Tinyszin - Worcester State University | August 18, 2017
I loved every second of my time abroad. everyone was so helpful in getting me there. And once I was on Paros this continued. Throughout my stay, I've come to learn that there is many ways to do things.Growing up in America you're brought up thinking we're the best, we do things the best, everyone should do things our way. Being on Paros showed me a different way of life, and in my opinion an even better way of life than mine here in the suburbs.
I faced personal challenges while abroad. HISA introduced me to opportunities I never even thought of conquering. It was such a growing experience and I'll forever be thankful for being pushed to my limits.
I talked to many study abroad programs before deciding to use Athena. I liked their responsiveness and helpful attitude when I asked millions of questions. Yuko and Ioannis were amazing to have. Yuko took care of everything and sent out lots of info on our daily excursions. She is awesome! Ioannis was my professor for Cycladic Art and Culture. I loved going to class and hearing him lecture because you could see how much he genuinely loved Greek archeology. Ioannis was an amazing professor. I enjoyed listening to him because you could tell how passionate he is about his work. He was able to lead great conversations that I looked forward to. Barry (our in-site advisor) was very cool and easy to talk to. Him and Yuko are such nice people. They opened up their home to us and made the whole experience so comfy and enjoyable.
Living at Jimmy's is awesome. I loved having my own place and still having a communal area on the rood to hang out. Me and friends just walked! We walked everywhere. In the town on the beach, to get gelato, to try a bar. Nightlife lasts a lot longer in Greece, but i felt completely safe walking around late at night. I never once felt unsafe on Paros. It is such a tight knit community where not much crime happens. Nightlife is a little different there just because it starts at midnight and goes till 5am. I loved seeing traditional dancing that occurred on a main street in the town. The outfits were lovely. Most to all of the locals were very kind to us. I cant recall an incident where a local was rude.
I enjoyed my semester abroad with Athena
Submitted by Melodie Harnett - Heidelberg University | August 16, 2017
I enjoyed my semester abroad with Athena. I thought it was great that I was able to divy my time between Ecuador and Peru. I was in Ecuador for a month and Peru for three months. I also greatly like the setup of the Academia de LatinoAmerica de Español and enjoyed my time at both schools. Thank you!
I enjoyed the excursions that were included with the program, and agree that they should keep these excursions. The people there were very respectful, people keep to themselves and don't mess with you.
Our advisors were awesome and there when you needed them or just had a simple question. I chose Athena because they had the location and liked the aspect that all my classes were in Spanish at the Academia. In Quechua, I had to have a good understanding of Spanish before taking this class so it was very intellectually stimulating. A piece of advise for future students would be to expect to have limited wifi.
Program: Athena Study Abroad in Cusco, Peru
Just being in a different country is so over whelming
Submitted by Alyssa Meehan - University of Akron | August 16, 2017
I chose Athena because it was recommended and i would highly recommend it to others as well. My view of the world was enhanced to live every minute in the moment the world is so big and take it all in. My professors were a great impact but also with athena brittany reed. I went through bad cultural shock and she helped me through it and i couldn't say thank you enough.
Just being in a different country is so over whelming but everyone was wonderful.
Program: Athena Study Abroad in Italy