Undergraduate institution: Skidmore College
Undergraduate major and minor: Psychology and Music
Graduate Studies (year, institution, degree): New York University, 2016, Masters of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
What have you been up to since attending Umbra?
I am currently a Speech Language Pathologist working in Connecticut. I am also the Membership Coordinator and Project Manager of the Young New Yorker’s Chorus where I also perform in the Women’s Ensemble.
How has studying abroad impacted your life both personally and professionally?
Studying abroad was the greatest decision I ever made. It expanded my horizons beyond belief and taught me to be completely independent. I had the opportunity to explore over 20 cities in Italy and 5 countries while living within a culture completely different from anything I had known before. While in Perugia, through this program, I made some of my best friends, who still are today,
and that, in itself, is the best thing I could ask for.
What are you doing now?
Now, I am a Speech Language Pathologist working with children and adults with a variety of different disorders.
Are you still in touch with the friends you made in Perugia?
Absolutely. We have reunions once a year and smaller reunions with those who live close enough multiple times a year. Actually, we just took our 5 year reunion trip back to Perugia – we had been planning it since we left the program in the spring of 2011. We all make it a point to talk / Facetime / Skype at least once a month.
What is one piece of advice you would give to prospective students thinking of studying abroad?
Immerse yourself in everything. Get to know the locals and learn the city backwards and forwards. Perugia will always feel like home to me and I attribute that to my love for the city and the people in it.
What is one piece of advice you would give to students studying abroad (during or after their experience)?
Continue to travel and be independent. Don’t lose the skills and the wanderlust you gained while studying abroad.