Journalism & International Studies
Integrated Marketing Communications Certificate
Fall 15 Ambassador
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I chose Perugia on a whim and it was the best decision I made.
I liked how Perugia was a small town and not prone to the mass tourist groups. Perugia is a place I was able to call home and where I could feel part of the Italian culture. Umbra was a great program that gave me the independence to make my study abroad what I wanted, while also providing courses that gave cultural value to my study abroad experience.
During my time in Perugia, most of my activities revolved around finding new places to eat and see. I spent most of my time exploring everything from new coffee shops to new countries. I also took courses that were about Italian culture: food, history, art, language and literature. Taking classes only in Italian culture really help me learn and feel integrated into my new community.
One of my favorite moments while in Perugia was when a group of us made homemade pasta. We bought the flour and the eggs and started mixing in our tiny apartment. Our place looked like a mini pasta factory with strings of yellow noodles drying all over the kitchen. Then sitting around for dinner with people with whom you’ve grown close and eating your prize meal is what makes memories like this so special.
Don’t have any expectations. Don’t expect who will be your friends or the places you will go or the things to plan to do. This is a time when everything goes out the window and you are free to be spontaneous. In college there isn’t much time for this, but in Perugia, the memories and happiness come when you keep your mind open to the unexpected.