As a college student moving to a new city, it is easy to feel lost and out of place but the opportunities at LdM allowed me to see Florence as a second home. The learning system is one to be envied by universities around the world. LdM used the city of Florence as their canvas. Whether it was a walking tour of the city studying logos in Graphic Design, cooking class in the famous Mercato Centrale, location scouting in Oltrarno for travel writing, and coffee with professors instead of office meetings, you are able to take the city in the palm of your hand and use every resource as a learning experience. My favourite class at LdM was travel writing with Kate Bolton. We did everything, from having work reviewed by a writer of Conde Nast to field trips that took Florence by foot: a day in the Giardino della Rose, searching for Michaelangelo’s self-portrait on the Palazzo Vecchio and solo meditation in the San Lorenzo Cloisters. My favourite memory of LdM is simply all the lifelong friends I made. The greatest take away I have from my LdM experience is that inspiration can be found anywhere as long as you are willing to explore. It is easy to feel stuck in a city you may know, but LdM taught me that the unknown and most inspirational is usually waiting for you right around the corner. After this experience, I look forward to calling new cities my home and learning from the culture that lies on the doorstep. Being a senior, it’s easy to look back and wish you could relive it all over again but I’ve taken my experience at LdM and used it as direction for where I am headed for the rest of my life.
Lauren Murdock – LdM Study Abroad Student in Florence, Fall 2016