Rening Ruminggangga / 2017 July / Gap Year (Indonesia)
INCREDIBLE! That is an exactly the right word to describe what is HISA’s memories was. I came from Indonesia to Greece on summer June, 2017. I had been spending all of my summer season having the hot weather, beach, watermelon and etc in Indonesia but a decision to spent my “sweet seventeen summer” in Greece was an epic adventure!
Well, my trip to Greece especially for study in HISA was my first international flight and study abroad as well so i expected a lot to get UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES there. One thing that i know is studying in HISA was beyond my expectation. Greece, especially in Parikia, Paros Island and HISA were a package of a lifetime experience.
Study abroad in HISA for a month encouraged my soul, my mind and my knowledge. In addition it also transformed my perspective of a life. Barry Tagrin and Yuko were inspirational person, they spreaded the love and intellegnece in sense of art everywhere. They made us feel like “Greece is a sweetest second home and greatest place to study in the art” and that’s feels so right. In HISA, i took the painting class and my teachers name is Neva. In the begining i was concerned about my capability on painting but working with her and my classmates made me realized that “i believed miracle can happen, so possibly” it builds my confidence and i did it! I produced six paintings by my own sense of art and that’s unbelievable.
We went to Greece islands such as Mykonos, Delos, Santorini, Naxos, Antiparos even Athens, the capital city of Greece. What an incredible hostorical trips. We learned so much about the Birth of Atina, the legend of Greece mythology in Athens, we went to photography exhibition in Antiparos, we visited the Temple of Demeter in Naxos, we watched the unforgettable most beautiful sunset ever in Santorini and many more.
I have never fallen so in love with a place and memories but Paros and HISA took a special place on my heart (right deeply on my heart). The teachers were extreemly friendly and thought me each interesting different personalities and my group was amazing. I’ve learned so much from them, shared many stories and getting along together. All of them is American and i am just feels like “this is trully amazing experience”. Getting together in a daily conversation with them was improved my english so much.
Also, i’ve learned many Greece words in basic and that’s interesting. I ate many delicious foods you could ever imagine such as Souvlaki, Gyross, Baklava and many more. Don’t forget about Tzaziki and amazing cheeze taste of Feta. Walking in seafront with swimsuit and hearing the special song, Perfect by Ed Sheeran on evening is also being my favorite moment. My dad said, “you go there as a young girl and will come back as a young woman” and that’s feel so real with HISA’s memories. I wish that i’ll come back there oneday.