So I have been back for about a day or two, and I’m sure like all my other fellow Greek study abroad peers, man oh man do I miss the food, the people, and the lifestyle of Greece. There have been so many things that I have learned while I was there, but most importantly I learned to truly enjoy myself and not worry about the work that I had to do when I got home, the summer program that I would be starting as soon as I got back or the internship that I had to complete at the end of the summer for my major.
This study abroad experience is definitely one I never thought I would be able to get the opportunity to do while in my undergraduate career especially as a double STEM major. The amount of delicious and nutritious foods that we indulged in, the numerous steps and hills we climbed at famous landmarks and sites.
The greatest part of my experience was stepping out of my comfort zone and trying various that I have not had before and would not normally try here in the States. Everything was so rich, tasty and sweet. Visiting many of the historical places, such as the Parthenon and a museum that explores the history of the Olympics, and restaurants famous for their seafood and ouzo, the national drink of Greece.
This trip has pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone, appreciate another culture and their ways, as well as take what may seem like to many as a vacation and turn it into an educational experience. Influencing not only my forward mindset in my last year as an undergraduate, studying abroad in Greece gave me newfound ideas about my final thesis I will be doing for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. I look forward to what this year has to offer me and returning to Greece within the next year.