The benefits of my study abroad experience with LdM Florence are too many to count. Not only was I able to culture myself by participating in the customs of the Italian people, but I was able to hone my language skills, make new life-long friends, and above all I developed into a more mature person. I feel that I now have a deeper understanding of the European way of life. This open-minded acceptance is not something easily lost and now undoubtedly carries over into the way I view people who are different from myself.
My number one goal when studying abroad at LdM was to truly live the life of an Italian. Although I took weekend trips to countries outside of Italy, I found that most of the personal growth I experienced was within Florence, the city I was semi-permanently living in. From the very beginning of the semester, I decided to go beyond my introductory Italian course by studying long lists of Italian words on my own, speaking with my other professors about my interest in their language, and going out to local areas of the city to practice speaking Italian with people. In doing so, I eventually made many great Italian friends and fell deeply in love with the Italian language and culture.
Brianna Strobel – LdM Study Abroad Semester Student in Florence, Spring 2017