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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

Notes from Abroad: Elina in Greece

Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Elina Yufa ’16, a Communication major and a minor in Digital Media Design currently studying abroad in Greece.

My name is Elina Yufa and I am currently studying abroad in the beautiful country of Greece. As a Dan Cole Scholar for 2016, I am experiencing Professor Dan Cole’s vision for this program first hand and for that I am truly grateful. As he envisioned in 1996, the Lake Forest College Greece Program is unique because students have the opportunity to experience contemporary Greek culture, to explore archeological sites at the root of Western civilization, and to reflect on the nature and complexity of the legacy of ancient Greece. I can say that this program does that and more. You’ll rarely find my peers and I in a classroom. Instead, you’ll find us learning from brilliant Greek professors in front of the Parthenon, on top of the active volcano of Thera, deep inside the Dictyean Cave, and walking through the ancient Minoan and Mycenaean citadels of Knossos, Phaistos, and Mycenae. As you can expect, this is a very different learning environment from the traditional classroom. We have the opportunity to witness history up-close and personal. In addition, we don’t stay in one place either. We travel to different parts of Greece, weeks at a time – from Athens to Crete to Santorini to Sparta, just to name a few.

This program is unique for me in many other ways as well. This is my first time abroad and as a commuter, this is the first time I’ve been away from my family for a long period of time. In addition, I will be graduating this May! In other words, this is a lot of change for me and it’s nothing short of exciting and terrifying at the same time. As a Communication major at the College, studying sociology and anthropology in Greece is also quite different. Although it is not directly tied to my major, it has been fascinating and reminds me why I value a liberal arts education. This program makes me a well-rounded individual and shows me a different perspective on culture, art, and communication. It has expanded my ways of thinking and I hope to take these lessons with me into the life of a college graduate working at a boutique marketing agency in Lake Forest.

Again, without Dan Cole’s incredible vision, all of this would not be possible. I sincerely thank Professor Cole and all the generous donors who continue to support students on this breathtaking journey.

Thank you.

Elina Yufa ’16