I am a junior year horticulture major studying in Greece this semester. Yesterday I arrived at the American Farm School in Thessaloniki where I will live and study until May. I am staying in a suite style dorm room with three room mates. Yesterday, I was introduced to my room mates and the director of my program. Today, I registered for my classes, got a schedule, and went on a tour of the campus. This trip has been a long time in the making so I am very excited to finally start my semester abroad! It was a real challenge packing for three months and even harder to say goodbye to my friends and family. I was happy, sad, nervous, and excited when I left home. I have already had a lot of good adventures just getting here. There were cancelled flights, missed buses, and of course trying to learn a new language.
I will take four classes this semester: Plant Physiology, Weed Science & Management, Precision Agriculture & Environmental Sustainability, and The Greek Palate. I am also doing a service learning project with the professor of Precision Agriculture. This is a bi-lateral exchange program which helps ensure that all my credits will transfer smoothly back to VT. With no class Monday and nothing scheduled for Friday afternoon, I am hoping to get some traveling in on the weekends. I have actually been in Greece for a couple weeks already (an extra long winter break is just one of the many great things about study abroad).
I am keeping a personal blog and I also post photos at this tumblr page. Those will give you a pretty good idea of what I have seen and gotten to do so far, and I’ll try to update the blog once a week.