John Freeman '24

Bio/Description

Major: Classics
College: Whitman
International Experience: CYA in Athens, ICCS in Rome, Princeton in Vienna, Global Seminar in Cyprus
Location: Greece, Italy, Austria, & Cyprus

Hello! I'm John and I am a Classics major with certificates in German and Hellenic Studies. One of my primary motivations for studying abroad was to see for myself the regions that I had been studying in Princeton classes. My study abroad through CYA in Greece my junior spring and through ICCS in Italy my senior fall contextualized and deepened my knowledge of the ancient world. My classes abroad often consisted of experiential learning at archaeological sites and museums, which was incredibly engaging and made the history come to life in a way I never imagined. Both programs incorporated week-long trips, and I also did a lot of traveling on the weekends, both on my own and with friends I made in my programs. I will never forget the beauty of Greek islands, so easily accessible from Athens, as well as visiting my friends at Oxford, Copenhagen, Dublin, and more. I even took a trip back to Athens while I was in Rome because I missed the locals I had befriended during my first study abroad. The best part of the experience, though, was the excitement of exploring a new place, meeting new people, and experiencing a new culture (especially the food!). For example, I was able to participate in the festivities of Carnival on the Greek island Syros, where people flooded the street with music, food, and drink in beautiful celebration. Talking to people in the local language when I could was great fun: as an avid language-learner, I was able to take Greek and Italian classes and reach conversational fluency in both by the end of the programs. Lastly, studying abroad helped my independent work: my Junior Paper focused on pieces of the Parthenon that had come back to Greece, and I was able to see the exhibit for myself as well as talk to local, Greek experts on the topic. For my senior thesis on repatriation of Greco-Roman Art, I was inspired by one of our class visits to the Etruscan tomb complex in Cerveteri, where I learned about the famous Euphronios Krater repatriated by the MET. I have so many other good things to say about both my study abroad experiences, as well as my summer experiences taking German classes in Vienna and learning about conflict in Cyprus. I definitely recommend study abroad!

Student organization(s) I'm a part of at Princeton:
Disiac Dance Company, Cap & Gown Club

Feel free to also ask me about:
Studying abroad as a member of the LGBTQ+ community

 

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