Hannah Halford

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Where I Went: U.K., Turkey, Greece, Italy
When I Went: Fall 2012
Program: European Studies, Classical Track

Hello/γειά σου/Merhaba/Ciao Rhodents!

My name is Hannah Halford, and I am a junior English major here at Rhodes. Last semester I had the incredible opportunity of participating in Rhodes’ own European Studies program. As you can tell from my multilingual greeting, European Studies introduced me to a wide array of cultures—all in one program! From the United Kingdom to Greece, Turkey, and Italy, we covered a lot of ground in one semester.

What I enjoyed the most was the combination of immersion and travel. Half the time we lived and studied classical art, literature, history, and philosophy as Oxford University students, and the rest of the time we traveled extensively like restless nomads. In that travel time, I was able to see and apply what I’d learned in the classroom. I went from reading Sophocles’ tragedies to seeing the stage on which they were performed in ancient Athens, from studying naval warfare to actually swimming in the Mediterranean, from discussing the fabric of Roman politics to gaping at the Roman Forum and Coliseum. And in between all of that, I was also experiencing the modern culture of those places: feasting on calamari and lamb in Greece, haggling over scarf prices at the Grand Bazaar and later covering my head with one at the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, and touring the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican in Rome. You could definitely say I was getting the best of both worlds!

Even now that I’m back at Rhodes, my abroad education has far from ended. In all of my classes this semester—English, psychology, international studies—I have run across references to Greek mythology, reread excerpts from Plato and Aristotle, and discussed Greek and Roman influence on neighboring societies. That just goes to show you: studying abroad is not an isolated event but an enduring experience that, cliché as it sounds, stays with you and influences you for the rest of your life. So go ahead—sign up!—and if you have any questions, I’d love to help.

Want to set up a meeting with Hannah? Contact her here!