The University of Chicago
I am a fourth year at the University of Chicago double majoring in Classics and English language and literature. I have studied abroad in Greece spring quarter of my third year, studying Greek history and mythology; in Greece at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for a summer program the summer after my third year of college, studying classics; in Korea the summer after my first year of college, taking Korean literature in translation, Korean aesthetics, and a Korean language course at Yonsei University; and in my senior year of high school I went on a one-week trip through Eastern Europe, traveling through Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic visiting sites such as Auschwitz and the Jewish Museum in Berlin for my Facing History and Ourselves course. While in Greece I also went on a recreational trip for a week to Egypt.
- Study abroad has profoundly shaped how I think about the world. It has allowed me to experience other cultures - really living them every day, as when I ate dinner at 8 p.m. and took a daily nap at 3:30 when all the shops were closed in Greece, when I rode a camel and covered up my entire body in clothing in hot weather in Egypt, or when I ate a full Korean meal for breakfast in Korea. No longer do I have a romantic, idealized view of the countries where I studied abroad, but rather a more realistic and richer, fuller view of these countries because of the time I spent there. Study abroad opened my eyes to the fact that people outside of the United States can and do live very differently from us; it has forced me to reflect upon the differences and take a more critical, though still proud, look at the United States.7 answers – Personal
- I think staying with a host family would be much better, because it allows you to practice the language and better absorb the culture and customs of the place where you're staying.3 answers – Housing
- Pienso que vivir con una familia anfitriona es mucho mejor porque te proporciona la oportunidad de practicar la lengua y aprender más sobre la cultura y las costumbres de la gente del país donde estás viviendo.3 respuestas – Alojamiento