Fulbright Greece asked Abby Chernilla, a 2021–22 U.S. Research Student, to briefly summarize some of the other benefits of being a Fulbrighter:
“Throughout my Fulbright grant I've enjoyed being able to participate in a variety of enriching activities outside of my research. This has included attending the EU–NATO seminar, taking local dance classes, learning the Greek language, participating in virtual lectures through the Onassis Foundation, and visiting other Fulbrighters around the country! Through these experiences, I've had the opportunity to meet new friends, participate in the local performing arts scene, and learn from lecturers in a variety of fields.
“The Fulbright grant provides a great starting point to get involved with cultural, social, and educational exchange opportunities taking place throughout the community.”
Abigail is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she received her B.A. in Economics (2020). Throughout her undergraduate studies, she focused on international macroeconomic policy, which brought her to Greece through College Year Athens to study the Eurozone crisis. Her undergraduate thesis examined the impact of austerity measures on competitiveness in Greece. While studying in Athens, Abby also conducted research on trade policy and business competitiveness at the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE). For her Fulbright grant, Abby conducted policy research on the regeneration of abandoned industrial sites in Piraeus, Greece. Her work was based in Athens, collaborating with research advisors at the University of West Attica. While in Athens, Abby was involved with sustainability and coastline preservation efforts, participated in local dance courses, and continued to learn and practice the Greek language.