There are many doors that have opened to me as a result of being an Interdisciplinary studies major. I have been able to create my own major, choose my own courses based upon my interests and goals, and take the road less traveled, which is a unique experience in itself.
I have an an abundance of adventures that wouldn’t have been possible if I had not made the choice to become a part of the Interdisciplinary studies program, but the best adventure yet has been my independent study trip to Greece.
In addition to my major of integrated health sciences, I have a minor in global health and am the Vice President of the Global Health club here at Plymouth State University, which is how I got inspired to go on this trip.
The trip took place over the 2018-2019 early spring term and lasted for 10 days. Over those 10 days, we traveled to Athens, Santorini, and Nafplio. We learned about the culture of these places through food and speaking with locals, including our tour guide who is a local of Athens, politics, history, and much more.
Out of all of the places we visited, Nafplio was my favorite, it was breathtaking. It was a location where the ocean met the mountains, the city, and the countryside all in one.
Through this independent study I gained experience and educational opportunities that I could never obtain in the classroom, and formed memories and friendships that will stay with me even after my graduation from Plymouth State this coming May.
The experience and what I took away from it as a whole was amazing, but there were a couple of events in particular that had a large impact on me and my perspective.
One of those experiences was seeing a Syrian refugee camp and reflecting on the experience with a local. He spoke to us about his perspective on Americans and how we treat people from other countries. A statement that he said that really stood out to me was “you are all beautiful people from a beautiful country, but you cannot be ignorant and believe everything your government tells you.” I felt moved by this statement and it made me crave more authentic experiences such as that one.
I couldn’t have asked for a better experience from an independent study and I am grateful for the opportunity.