Notre Dame of Maryland University
Fall 16 Ambassador
My name is Madeline Mask and I am a Senior English major at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, Maryland. I was originally born in Stowe, Vermont, a small resort ski town. I decided to study abroad in Perugia, Italy at the Umbra Institute because I knew it would be a challenge. I had zero experience with the language or culture of Italy. Studying abroad has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done, and it has also been one of the most rewarding. Umbra fosters education and exploration, encouraging students to work hard and become as assimilated into Italian culture as possible. Perugia is not a large city and the small city aesthetic fosters a community unlike anything you could experience from a larger city, such as Rome or Florence. It is so important to study abroad because it forces you to grow up in an environment you are unfamiliar with, making you that much stronger.