Alumni

Welcome back dear Alumni. The Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici is currently building an Alumni Network and we invite all former LdM students to be a part of it. Stay in touch with friends and former colleagues; learn about educational, networking and social events organized exclusively for LdM Alumni; and access the latest news, research and insights from LdM.

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 LdM Alumni of the Month

connor

When I first arrived in Florence, my perception was that it is a city built around history, tourism, and nothing more. After I felt settled into my routine and my new city, I realized that I couldn’t have been more wrong. Whether it was the first time I watched as a man rode his bike with his two toddlers, laughing the whole way, or when I somehow managed to successfully communicate with the woman in my apartment building who has lived in the same place for over 60 years, I began to notice that there is so much more to Florence than I thought. Florence is a home for so many wonderful people, whether they have lived here for their entire lives or for just a few months. This amazing city has become much more than a destination for me; it has become my home. Florence will forever be a part of me, because my last few months here has exceeded my expectations in every single way.

Connor Clark – LdM Study Abroad Student in Florence, Spring 2016

hanna

I did not enter Italy with any preconceived ideas. I left with an immense amount of appreciation for their lifestyle and demeanor. Italians put family and friends as a top priority. I cannot speak for all of Italy—but Tuscania is the epitome of love and simplicity. They truly understand the real meaning of life. As in, genuinely appreciating the company of others. Dinners are not spent on the couch watching television; they are spent around the table every single night. When you go to pick up children from a friend’s home, you do not hurry to leave—you sit on the ‘terrazza’ and talk. As you walk down the cobblestone streets, you notice that you are surrounded by groups of grandparents chuckling as they drink coffee at local cafes, while there’s the ambient sounds of children playing in the park. I was in a culture shock (in a good way!) when I first arrived; I never knew this type of simplicity still existed.

My experience in Italy did not just change me as an artist, but it changed me as a person. Now, in my daily life I find a greater amount of appreciation for: community, talking to strangers, listening to others speak, spending less time on technology and purely ‘loving’ others company. One of my biggest regrets in life is not studying abroad here longer. If I could be an advocate for anything in life it would be for LdM Tuscania.

Hannah Browning – LdM Study Abroad Student in Tuscania, Summer 2015