My study abroad experience at LdM has without a doubt changed my life, not only was I able to immerse myself into a culture that’s always fascinated me, but I made memories that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. From the very beginning, the staff at LdM made me feel right at home. Before I had even made my final decision as to where I would be studying, administration at LdM made me so excited for my upcoming semester, ensuring me that I would be leaving with a second home in Florence, Italy. Staff from LdM was always quick to get back to me, constantly going above and beyond to make sure I had everything I needed, which made feel confident in my decision to spend the semester at LdM. One of my favorite aspects of LdM is the class sizes, they are much smaller than those at my home university. I never once felt lost in a class because my professors were always more than happy to clarify if I there was any confusion. Ironically enough the class I thought I would dread ended up being my favorite, public speaking. On the very first day of my public speaking class my professor had each one of us introduce ourselves to each other one on one, which really kicked off the semester to a great start. We were able to have personal conversations and create friendship immediately! So, now when it’s my turn to present a speech to the class it’s like I’m just talking to a room of friends.
Every experience I’ve had abroad, with LdM has been a positive, enriching one. Whether it’s interesting discussions in the classroom or traveling for a fun weekend trip, LdM has made me feel safe and given me the confidence to try new things. I’ve grown immensely and learned so much about myself since being here and I’m leaving with friends that live all over the world. I’m now confident in my abilities to succeed no matter where life takes me and I’m looking forward to my next adventure, all because of my time at LdM.
Emily Beltran – LdM Florence Study Abroad Semester, Fall 2017