Thanks to the Ole Miss Women’s Council Global Leadership Circle, I was able to study abroad in Greece over the summer. The Lead Abroad program helped me connect learning to service and community.
In Athens, Greece, I studied global theory and civic engagement and leadership. These subjects were enlightening, and they challenged my preconceived notions about myself and the world around me. I believe the ideas presented there are now helping to shape me into a better leader and global citizen.
“I’m forever indebted to the Ole Miss Women’s Council for funding my study abroad experience in Greece. I feel like I’m a better and more compassionate person, potential leader, and traveler because of my time learning and living there.” -Catrina Curtis
We visited the Acropolis in downtown Athens and the ancient city of Corinth to experience history outside of the classroom. I volunteered for the Athens Salvation Army. Greece is in the midst of a refugee crisis, and the Salvation Army serves displaced and endangered families.
I spent a week painting walls soothing colors to help provide a sense of calm to displaced families from Syria. I gave manicures to some of the little girls and played ball with a few of the boys. These experiences opened my eyes to the need for human connection, no matter what we’re going through. It was also a reminder that I am fortunate to live the life of safety that I do.
I also studied in Crete, where I was immersed in Greek culture. I spent time with residents, learning about traditional Greek food and celebrations. I enjoyed a Greek cooking class and attended a Greek wedding dinner theatre. The Greek citizens we met welcomed us to their country and their lives. They taught me about what it means to be a global citizen. Even when we did not speak the same language or understand each other’s cultures, they were so gracious and kind, making sure we felt welcomed and comfortable.
I’m forever indebted to the Ole Miss Women’s Council for funding my study abroad experience in Greece. I feel like I’m a better and more compassionate person, potential leader, and traveler because of my time learning and living there.