Undergraduate institution: Connecticut College
Undergraduate major and minor: Major: Economics | Minors: Psychology & Dance
What have you been up to since attending Umbra?
After graduating Connecticut College in 2013, I moved back to Boston and worked at one of Boston’s most prestigious advertising agencies, Hill Holliday. I worked as an Integrated Media Planner on accounts like HomeGoods, Great Wolf Lodge, Sierra Trading Post, and Supercuts, where I planned their Digital, TV, Radio, and Out of Home advertising campaigns.
How has studying abroad impacted your life both personally and professionally?
To this day, I always say my study abroad experience in Perugia was the most magical three and a half months of my life. From the moment my plane departed the gates of JFK Airport, I was pushed out of my comfort zone, which I loved. I met new people, made new friends, took a few classes outside of my major/minor to expand my horizons, and I travelled…a lot! I made memories that I know will last me a lifetime. Not only did I realize how much I love travelling, I gained a new appreciation for other cultures. Also, I come from a very Italian family so it was remarkable to be able to study and live in my family’s homeland for the semester. I liked feeling connected to my roots.
What are you doing now?
I recently moved to New York City where I am developing my career in marketing/advertising. I am currently a Client Success Manager at NinthDecimal, a mobile advertising technology company, where I work on a variety of brand accounts and work closely with advertising agencies as well as clients brand-direct. Moving to NYC has been on my life’s bucket list for a long time and I am so happy I finally made the move.
Are you still in touch with the friends you made in Perugia?
Yes, absolutely! One of my roommates from Umbra and I remain extremely close friends and still talk all the time. The class of students during my semester got super close while we were studying at Umbra. We always made a huge effort to all hang out together as often as possible. The fact that we all chose to study at Umbra in Perugia was the common thread that wove us together. I think we all truly appreciated how special our semester was and loved that we could share that with one another. We still keep tabs on each other via Facebook of course.
What is one piece of advice you would give to prospective students thinking of studying abroad?
Don’t think about it – do it! It was hands-down one of the highlights of my college career. It certainly shaped the second half of my college career and it help me grow into the person that I am today (corny I know, but so true).
What is one piece of advice you would give to students studying abroad (during or after their experience)?
I couldn’t possible give just one piece of advice! But here is what I will say: Have an open mind and be willing to learn and embrace a new culture. Be adaptable. Eat everything. Talk to locals. Be a tourist every once in a while (but don’t act like a crazy American). Document your experiences through a journal or blog. Take LOTS of pictures. Travel outside the city in which you are studying. And try to resist the urge to stay connected to everything and everyone back home via social media — just live in the moment! You might never get an opportunity quite like this again.