Why did you decide to study abroad?
I have a passion for all things Italian, and I wanted to continue my Italian Studies. I also wanted immerse myself in a new and different culture and grow through this experience.
How did you choose where to go?
I knew I wanted to go to Italy and I chose Siena because it would provide me with a less Americanized italian culture, allowing me to challenge and improve my language skills.
Can you briefly describe your program while abroad?
My program was very good about providing us opportunities to experience the culture of Siena through an exchange program with University students and weekly field trips.
What were some highlights or memorable moments of the experience for you?
Most of my memorable moments come from speaking Italian with locals and students along with learning to make pasta and pizza from scratch.
What was your greatest challenge?
Speaking the language (usually to the cell phone company when my phone stopped working)
How have you and/or your perspective changed after returning from study abroad?
Italy is a lot younger of a nation than I realized because they only became united in 1861, so the north and south are very segregated, which I was not expecting since everything in Italy is so old.
What advice would you give to prospective study abroad students?
Try everything: new food, visit a new place, speak the county’s language. Don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone because some of those experiences are the most rewarding.