University of Buffalo
Spring 16 Ambassador
My name is Brenna Riordan and I am currently studying nursing and health and human services at the University at Buffalo. At Umbra, I studied Italian, Ceramics, Human Development in Culture and I took a practicum class called Critical Disabilities. While in Perugia, in my Critical Disabilities class, I worked alongside several of my classmates at an after school program for disabled youth. Despite language and cultural barriers, we were able to teach these children how to play some of our favorite sports. In my Human Development class, we went to a school to teach children about American cultural concepts and visited a rehabilitation center. The classes I took at Umbra really allowed me to immerse myself in the culture of the city. My experience at Umbra really was life changing. I love the city of Perugia and I am ready to tell you all about it if you may need! My favorite aspects of studying abroad were the friends I made here from all across the globe, the Italian lifestyle and of course the food. During my time here I was able to visit several places in Europe and travel throughout Italy as well. My advice to students coming here is to not take your time for granted, your Netflix show can wait, get outside and wander around instead! Perugia is a beautiful city and I hope that you can fall in love with it too!