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Samantha Hines

About My Study Abroad Program

Major/Minor: Communication Studies Major, Writing for the Screen and Stage Minor
Program: College Year in Athens
Location: Athens, Greece
Term: Spring 2021 and Summer 2021


Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I knew I wanted to study abroad middle school, and fitting it into my degree was extremely important to me! I ended up deciding on Greece because I always had a fascination with Greek mythology and wanted to see where these stories supposedly took place! I also knew I wanted to complete gen ed requirements with my study abroad. I wanted to go to a program where I saw a lot of classes on subjects that I either wouldn't be able to take as GenEds at UNC or that would be significantly enhanced by the country I was in. I was able to learn about Archaeology while actually visiting archaeological sites every week! I got to read fantastical myths while standing on the locations the stories supposedly took place! I would have chosen no other way to complete my general education requirements.


What did you learn about yourself?
I found that I am much more resourceful and independent than I thought. Sometimes it takes being stranded on an island to discover that you can find your way off all on your own!


What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
Meeting a group of Dutch students docked on the island of Poros! Our class stayed on the island for two weeks. They arrived one day on the island in the middle of their sailing trip across Europe. We met them in the main town and ended up getting invited onto their boat! We heard about all their travels so far and told them of our own experiences in Greece.


What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
You can always find a friendly face somewhere! Even if you have bad experiences or are struggling with the language, don't be afraid to ask for help- from the people in your program and from the people you meet in that country. Also, even though the people you meet in your new city may seem initially very different from you, we all have the same human experience. And that can sometimes be enough to make meaningful connections with people!


How do you identify?
Scholarship Recipient, Rural County Resident


Is there any advice you would give to other students who share your identity?
Don't let financial concerns stop you from looking into study abroad! Study abroad advisors can help you find programs that can work in your budget as well as scholarship opportunities that can make study abroad possible.