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Susan - Italy


My name is Susan, and I am currently a history and Italian major here at URI. Spring semester 2004, I was able to study abroad in Florence, Italy, and even now, a year later, I cannot say enough about my experience! The beautiful Italian culture captivated me with its rich history, delicious food, and friendly people. Further, I was afforded the unique opportunity to live and study in Florence, the very city that Michelangelo, Dante Aligheri, and Petrach created some of their greatest works. From eating a delicious cone of gelato, to spending the weekend in nearby Nice, France, to perusing the famed Uffizi Gallery, there never was a dull moment!

I feel that my study abroad experience in Florence has not only been one the most enjoyable parts of my college career however---it also has played an important role in my overall education. After

spending time in another culture, I was able to learn so much about myself, about what it means to be an Italian, and what it means to be an American. I came back much more independent, confident, and more aware of global and international issues. Further, living and studying in Italy helped my foreign language skills amazingly; I now am almost fluent in Italian.

Basically, I feel that my semester in Italy was an enriching, life-changing, and beautiful adventure. I would highly recommend studying abroad to all college students, no matter what major they are pursuing!

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