Arizona State University
Nutrition (Dietetics) Studies
Food Studies Program
Spring 15 Ambassador
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“The Italians taught me how to enjoy life.”
Originally, I wanted to study in Florence, but then my study abroad advisor showed me The Umbra Institute in Perugia and told me to check it out before officially deciding on Florence. I am so glad she gave me that advice because my entire study abroad experience would have been very different if I had not chosen the program in Perugia. I ended up choosing Perugia because it is not as well-known as Florence or Rome, which means fewer tourists. I studied abroad to be immersed in the Italian culture, not to be surrounded by Americans.
Food Studies Program:
If you are a big foodie, like I am, I recommend checking out the Food Studies Program. I was in this program during my time at Umbra and loved every second of it. I really feel like I learned a lot and being in this program made my experience abroad even better. The History and Culture of Food in Italy course really made me understand why Italians are the way they are with their food. It made me appreciate every single bite I took of the delicious Italian cuisine. The ‘Sustainability and Production of Food in Italy’ course made me conscious of the way I shopped for food, which I never really was before taking the class. In ‘The Business of Wine: Italy and Beyond’ course I had a chance to check out a different area of study than I am used to: business. I liked having the chance to try something else besides science classes.
My favorite part of being in Perugia was the lifestyle; the pace of life in Italy is way more laid back than it is in America. In America, I am always busy. I have so many lists and I always overbook myself. I was not that way in Italy at all. My semester was the most enjoyable semester of my life. I had the chance to do all the things I have always wanted to do. The Italians taught me how to enjoy life.
Advice to Prospective Students:
Your time abroad will not last forever. Whether you are there for one semester or two, the experience will end at some point. So the advice I want to leave you with is to make the most of your time abroad. Do something different every day, whether that is trying a new pastry at the bakery or crossing something off of your bucket list. This is your time to explore the world and yourself.
Check out this ASU article on Lynnsey’s experience abroad!