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Study Abroad Kelsey Knowlton: American College of Greece 


Kelsey Knowlton is a junior at Northwest Missouri State University pursuing her double degree in International Business and Marketing.  She is the first student from Northwest to go through the newly formed Missouri-Greece program and its host university DEREE-American College of Greece.  She is also the first student to keep a blog for Northwest about her study abroad experience.  Kelsey has described being the first student to attend as “nerve raking and exhilarating” but after reading her blog one can tell that she loves every minute of her experience.   Kelsey has blogged about her arrival to Greece and the economic crisis that is currently there,

“Talking to people close to my age in Greece has always proved to be interesting. They clearly know I am not Greek, hence the red hair, and will proceed to ask where I am from. I say I’m from America (I don’t even bother saying Nebraska because most don’t know where it’s at), and majority of the time they ask me why I decided to come to Greece to study abroad.”

Her answer is “why wouldn’t I” and this is a great answer to give.  Kelsey is experiencing all Greece has to offer.  She is immersing herself in the culture by interacting with the locals. She is learning the language and can hold a basic conversation in Greek after being in the country for only one month.   Her blog is an excellent source of information for students who are interested in studying abroad in Greece and studying abroad in general.  Kelsey’s blog has pictures along with first hand knowledge of what it is like to be a student there.  She has embraced her study abroad experience, and is happily sharing it with others. 

To check out Kelsey’s blog at for more information on her trip and the Missouri-Greece program.