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Off-Campus Study

Notes from Abroad: Danae 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 Danae Cannedy ’18, a double major in Philosophy and African American Studies and a minor in Political Science currently studying abroad in Greece.

So far, my experience abroad has been eye opening. Though technically this is not my first time abroad, this is my first time fully engaging in another culture. Adapting to Greece was a little rough at first, but I adjusted over time. One of the biggest differences that I have noticed about Greece is the slower pace. I found that Greeks often take time to enjoy the moment rather than rush through it. For example, when I hiked up the hill to get to the Acropolis of Athena, I took pictures before fully looking at the view. The Greeks I traveled with however, took in the view before doing anything else. Embracing this part of Greek culture has taught me to be fully present in everything I do. It is more important to focus on what is happening now, rather than what could possibly happen later. Another thing that being here has taught me is the importance of learning different languages, even if it’s just a little. I was not expecting so many locals to know English as fluently as they do. In a sense, the communication is one sided. It wasn’t until I had a brief conversation with one of the locals that I realized how much they accommodate to English speakers. Though I am picking up on Greek words here and there, I did not have to adjust in the same way most of the citizens did. Greece is different from America in that way. Often, Americans expect people to just know English when coming to America, but as an American traveling to Greece, I did not feel the pressure to learn Greek. This is a lesson that has both made me feel lucky to know such a common language, but also ignorant to the world around me. I thank the G. Dale Smith and Ruth Peterson Smith Endowed scholarship fund for helping make this amazing experience possible! 

 

Best, 

 

Danae Cannedy

Class of 2018