Ioannis Bechlivanos ’21 is originally from Larissa, the capital city of Greece’s Thessaly region. But Colby-Sawyer has become a second home for him as he pursues a B.S. in exercise science. Studying at Colby-Sawyer has provided him opportunities not available back home, such as the chance to play basketball at the college-level.

“Seeing myself becoming completely independent and successful has definitely been the greatest reward of coming to Colby-Sawyer,” Bechlivanos said. “I’m succeeding in living away from home and facing problems in creative ways.”

In addition to playing guard on the men’s basketball team and working at the Hogan Sports Center, Bechlivanos finds other ways to get involved on campus. He and Nate Feleke ’19 created the International Friendship Club to break down barriers between the international and domestic communities at Colby-Sawyer. Bechlivanos organizes get togethers and outings that facilitate cross-cultural connections.

Bechlivanos also volunteers in the International Office, where he was recently featured as a video spotlight. Get to know Bechlivanos and hear why Colby-Sawyer was the right choice for him.