From the moment I started my Freshman year in the Fall of
2014, I knew I wanted to study abroad. I have always possessed such a drive to travel the world, see new things, and interact with new people. My Junior
year came in the snap of a finger, and I soon found myself at
the epicenter of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy.
Studying at LDM could not have been a more enjoyable experience for me. It sounds as cliché as could be, but there is no other way of putting it. I found my experience to be even better than I expected. What I cherished the most was that LDM was not
your typical college campus—as school’s academic buildings
are integrated throughout the city— making for a very cool walk
throughout the semester. I would see the same things every day, but even better, I would ALWAYS see and hear something different. Something I will never forget is my walk to my Italian class every Monday and Wednesday at noon. I would see the same number 22 bus at the same stop, at the
same ime every single week. 22 is my favorite number. It was my number for my entire hockey and baseball career back home. Something that simple I will hold dear to my heart forever.
LDM has a ton of classes that were interesting to me. I am thrilled I could attend excellent courses I would not have been capable to at my home institution. In particular, I remember a Food and Wine Pairing class I took. The class was as insightful. I am an awful cook, so I learned how to prepare some traditional Italian meals all while learning to pair it with Italian wines.
I could not be more delighted with my time abroad and at
LDM. There was not a day where I was not as happy as can be. I was studying in Italy, with remarkable people and even better food. I would not waste a second if I had the opportunity to experience it again.
Devin Buonanno – LdM Study Abroad Student in Florence, Spring 2017