Get Her to the Greeks: Fundraiser to Study Abroad in Athens

Sara Heridia Start Date: May 9, 2018 - End Date: Sep 7, 2018
  • Athens, Greece

My Travel Story

by: Sara Heridia Start Date: May 9, 2018 - End Date: Sep 7, 2018
        Hi, my name is Sara Heridia, and I am a rising junior at Trinity University majoring in Political Science and Latin, minoring in Linguistics. I will be studying abroad in Athens, Greece from August to December 2018.
        I am studying abroad with College Year in Athens because it is the best program with which I can study the historical background of Greece (the Greek and Roman Empires) and the modern political setting of the country, combining my Latin and Political Science major.  By studying abroad, I hope to gain a better understanding of the complex issues surrounding Greece, and I hope to gain a perspective of these issues in an interdisciplinary manner, such as through historical, political, sociological, and cultural perspectives.
        One of my professional objectives while abroad is to gain beginner or intermediate proficiency in speaking and reading modern Greek. Additionally, I want to get a PhD or Masters in Political Science. I'm currently opening up to different areas of study within Political Science, and this program will help me figure out if my area of study should at least be in that of Global Politics or International Politics. Being able to take courses such as “Peace, Conflict and International Politics: Lessons from the Mediterranean Region” and “Who is a Greek? Politics of National Identity in Modern Greece” will help me achieve this. Additionally, a professor in the political science department has told me that studying abroad in Greece could help me obtain a Fulbright scholarship to study something political science-related in the area. Fulbright is a multi-nation scholarship program funded by the US Department of State that lets US citizens and foreign citizens travel to other countries to study global issues.
        Finally, I chose to study abroad in Athens because I wanted to visit an Eastern European country. I've never been abroad by myself, and I think it would be cool to explore a place I never expected to visit that has a completely different culture from my own. Additionally, I learned a lot about the refugee crisis in my political science courses at Trinity University. I want to have first-hand experience and knowledge of how Eastern Europe and European Union countries helps the people who are seeking asylum, and I want to be able to learn from policies abroad. If I can, I would like to volunteer with an organization helping refugees.
  • Athens, Greece