Michelle Blascak, from AHA Fall 2011

I can honestly say that studying abroad in Greece was one of the best experiences of my life, and I have the Athens Centre to thank for that. Everyone that worked there really took the time to get to know all of their students on a personal level, which made the whole experience so much better. They made me feel completely comfortable from the moment I got there, and they were so helpful with the whole transition processes of living abroad. I don’t think I would have had the same excellent experience without their guidance and helpfulness.

The classes and professors are excellent as well. They know so much about the topic that you are studying and you can tell that all of the teachers there have a passion for the subject they teach. From the amazing excursions to the fun games we played in class, these were some of the best professors that I have ever had in my college experience. And I wouldn’t say that unless it was true. They encouraged me to learn and didn’t make me feel stupid when I asked a question. It made the learning aspect interesting, which in turn made the exams much more easy to take. I loved going to class and seeing what new adventure we would go on that day.

Overall, my experience living in Greece and studying at the Athens Centre was amazing. The people I met there have turned into life long friends and the memories I created have become stories I will never forget. Being able to live in the city was amazing too and there is so much to do! While I was abroad I also learned a lot about myself, and the people at the Athens Centre helped me to come out of my shell and taught me things that I would have never known if I didn’t know them. Since I’ve been back in Michigan, I have volunteered to work in the International Study Abroad Office at my school in advising future study abroad students because I loved my study abroad experience so much. I also was a co-founder of a student organization at my school where people who have studied abroad could get together and exchange stories, and make new friends who have had a similar experience. This experience really did change my life for the better, and I would encourage everyone to have a similar experience and embrace every adventurous opportunity that comes about because we have to make every moment count.

I think about Greece and everyone there often, and I do plan to come back to visit someday. So to anyone who may be reading this and considering about studying abroad, you will not regret your choice if you choose the Athens Centre.


-Michelle Blascak

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