The primary goal I set for my study abroad experience was to make Florence feel like a home. I didn’t want to be a tourist, looking at the city through the lens of a camera. I wanted to assimilate, participate in Florentine life as if I was a local. Fortunately, LdM gave me every opportunity to do just that. I took my favorite classes at LDM: An oil painting class where I learned how to reproduce the famous artwork from the Uffizi Museum, a nutrition course where I became a master chef at preparing the Italian classics, and even an Italian language course where I was empowered to converse with locals and understand them on a more authentic level. LdM also spiced up the abroad experience with activities that I would have never dreamed of doing. My friends and I took a yoga class in the middle of a contemporary art museum. We visited the famous Medici Villas outside the city and even joined a choir club where we learned how to sing the Italian classics. Thank you, LdM, for helping me become a true Florentine this semester.
Brooke Barlock – LdM Study Abroad Semester Student in Florence, Spring 2017