|Shannon in Fiesole|
My name is Shannon Milone and I am a senior studying computer science. For years, I’ve always thought about studying abroad but this winter semester I finally decided to make it happen. I traveled to Florence, Italy to study art history for three weeks. As a computer science major, taking an art course was definitely out of my comfort zone but I can truly say I’ve learned so much and I have a greater appreciation for art, different cultures, traveling, and myself.
Every day in Italy was an adventure. My class was almost never in a classroom, we spent time in museums looking at some of the most famous art pieces in history. When class was over, my friends and I continued to explore the streets of Florence – uncovering the most delicious foods, beautiful antique shops, and of course more art. The study abroad program had many activities I participated in such as a cooking class, a trip to the countryside of Florence in Fiesole, and a wine tasting class.
|Ah, Venice. . .|
During the weekends, I deemed it necessary to travel to various parts of Italy. The first weekend I went to Rome. It was incredible to see such ancient buildings in the middle of a modern city. I also took a short trip to Vatican City where I climbed over five hundred steps of St. Peters basilica, which overlooks so many beautiful sights, including hundreds of people gathering in the square to see the Pope. The next weekend, I went to Venice, which was such a different yet equally amazing trip. I took an obligatory gondola ride through the city where I saw magnificent houses, churches, and museums all standing on the water.
|The Climb of St. Peters|
Studying abroad is such a rewarding experience that I am so glad I decided to partake in. I learned about art history, about a whole different culture, how to live on my own, how to navigate a different city, but mostly I learned how important it is to be in the moment and to cherish each experience you’re given. I will definitely be back to Europe to continue my new love for travel.