Reason you chose this program: I really wanted to go to Italy and this program fit perfectly with what I was looking for.
Favorite classes: My favorite class was Renaissance Art History.
Housing situation: I lived in apartments with other U.S. study abroad students.
Best memory: Hiking through Cinque Terre. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been!
Greatest challenge: Not knowing the Italian language and independently living in Milan the first few weeks.
Greatest surprise: How easily I picked up basic communication with other Italians and how helpful people were.
What I wish I knew before I left: Medicine in the U.S. is MUCH stronger than medicine in Europe!
What I didn’t know that I know now: All cultures are very different, especially in Europe with such deep history. Despite that, its really quite beautiful how people recognize other cultures and work harmoniously together.
If I could do it over, I would... have gone skydiving while in Switzerland.