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$1,500 Scholarship Offered By Athena Study Abroad for the #GoStudyIreland Scholarship Campaign
with GoOverseas and Education in Ireland

Athena is excited to announce it has partnered with GoOverseas and Education in Ireland to support the two organizations’ #GoStudyIreland Scholarship Campaign!  GoOverseas and Education in Ireland will be offering TWO $15,000 scholarships for study abroad in Ireland.  Both prizes also include an accommodation stipend and a round trip flight from Aer Lingus. 

In addition to these grand prizes, Athena is offering one $1,500 scholarship for another lucky winner!  To qualify for this scholarship, students must select Athena’s Ireland program as one of their top three choices when they enter. 

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Posted by on in England: London

The idea of spending a semester in a completely new country can be exciting and scary at the same time. For me traveling to London is something I have always wanted to do so when I had the opportunity I decided to take it! I have been in London for two weeks now and am loving every moment. There is so much to do and see around the city and even just the campus. 

During the first weekend I had here was full of events the university put together for us. Our first night we had a pizza social with all the students here for study abroad. It was nice to be around people who were experiencing the same things as me and getting to know them while enjoying some yummy pizza and chips (fries). The next day was the beginning of our orientation and learning about a photo frenzy that we were going to be participating in the next day. For our Photo Frenzy we picked a few people to join us in a group to go all over central London taking pictures answering these questions we had on a paper given to us by Emma, the person in charge of the social programs on this campus. This was something I really enjoyed because it made me get out of my comfort zone and get to meet people while navigating our way through the city seeing the beauty it holds. 

The first week of classes began the first Monday after we arrived. It was interesting to learn about the differences between the teaching and learning styles here compared to at home. Everyone is very nice and welcoming to others and are willing to help you find your way to your classes, which helped me out a lot. I am taking four modules which means that I have lots of time to study and travel on my off days. 

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Posted by on in Italy: Florence

It's still so unbelievable to me that I'll be leaving for my semester abroad in Italy in less than two weeks.  I am overwhelmingly excited, eager, and ready to begin this semester, and there are so many things I'm looking forward to.  Sometimes I wish I could just fast forward through the next month and get there already! But, I'm experiencing another array of emotions as well, most of which feel a lot like plain nervousness about being homesick, FOMO, losing my passport, getting lost, failing at learning Italian, language barriers, the amount of gelato, pizza and pasta I'll be eating...

As a chronic overthinker, I think I'm nervous for a number of probably unrealistic reasons, which I know I'll laugh about in 4 months, if not much sooner!

February 1st is the important date that I've been awaiting for about 6 months after I finally decided that yes, I did want to spend close to 4 months away from my family, friends, school, and everything I'd come to reagrd as "my comfort zone".  Still today when people ask why I decided to go abroad, I can't help but mention to them how studying abroad in a foreign country is so far out of my comfort zone, but I think that's exactly why I need to do it. And I can't wait.

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Posted by on in Germany: Heidelberg

It is so hard to believe that another week has already passed!  I have a feeling that this semester is going to fly by!

This week was filled with further explorations of Heidelberg, testing out the night life and even taking a trip to the nearby city Mannheim.  After week one I was feeling pretty confident when it came to the Tram system until today, when I rode the tram 8 stops too many haha! Lesson learned: mistakes become adventures and new opportunities.

I was very unsure of what the class structure would be like in Germany and it is a lot more independent, oh and LONGER! Each class is three hours long with one ten minute break.  I know at home I may have a lab or two that is three hours long, but not every class! Despite being so long, classes have been extremely interesting, especially for an international business student.  (Don't worry, there is still plenty of free time!)

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Posted by on in England: London

After being here in the London for around two weeks, it begins to set in that you actually have classes to attend. It is a big city and it sweeps you off your feet right from the beginning, so being at Roehampton, which is outside the central area of London, makes it easier to keep the two parts separate. Meaning, there is a time to play and a time to learn. 

First week of classes can seem daunting, some classes here are carried over from the autumn term, so you have people who have been together from the university since the beginning of the year. Questions arise, like what is it going to be like, am I gonna understand the material? How hard is the class? Especially since the grading system here in the UK is very, very different from the U.S. The great thing though is that no matter where you go, professors seem to always be the same. They are here to help and want you to succeed in their class. Many give opportunities for you to meet with them outside of class for help, show you all of the labs which are available to you, and in some cases gives you deadlines so they will go over your work and show you how to improve before turning in your final papers. Take advantage of everything given to you. That is what I have learned.

Another great part about the Athena program, is that they include in your tuition a social program, getting you out and about in the city from the very beginning. We went to Greenwich, visiting the market and the line where time zones starts, separating the western and eastern hemispheres. To get here, we took a boat ride down the Thames River, allowing to get some awesome pictures of London's greatest Landmarks, such as the London Eye, Queen Elizabeth Tower and Parliament, as well as the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, only to name a few. And there are so many more trips to come!

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