I learned that there are more unbelievably beautiful places in Greece than I could have ever imagined. I knew that I was going to want to travel a lot and come back to Greece eventually before I came on this trip, but now more than ever I have some idea of the potential of different and amazing things that are out there in the world to be found.
I have a deep respect for archaeology now that I have been to sites and seen what is left of remains. I had zero exposure to the field other than what I had vaguely heard referenced in history classes before the trip, and I can now safely say that it is a challenging and interesting area of scholarship.
I am infinitely more appreciative of the country I call home. Socialized medicine is a disaster; the Stanley Cup playoffs, March Madness, and American football are irreplaceable parts of my life; and normal bathrooms are appreciated. In all seriousness I love Greece, its culture and its people. But, it’s hard to describe how much more I love America for the things that make it home. Being away form home has made me value the people and places that I love more than I would have at this stage of my life had I chosen a more conventional curriculum for my final term as an undergraduate.
Greece was a wonderful experience. It was a risk for me to come here, but looking back I can say that I would have done myself a huge disservice if I hadn’t come. Lykavittos and Delphi at sunset. Ephesus. Going toe-to-toe with Mount Jouktas and coming out on top. Herding goats on Syros. Dinner outside on the water in Naupflion and just about everywhere else.