Reason you chose this program: I really wanted to go to Italy and this program fit perfectly with what I was looking for.

Favorite classes: My favorite class was Renaissance Art History.

Housing situation: I lived in apartments with other U.S. study abroad students. 

Best memory: Hiking through Cinque Terre. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been! 

Greatest challenge: Not knowing the Italian language and independently living in Milan the first few weeks. 

Greatest surprise: How easily I picked up basic communication with other Italians and how helpful people were. 

What I wish I knew before I left: Medicine in the U.S. is MUCH stronger than medicine in Europe! 

What I didn’t know that I know now: All cultures are very different, especially in Europe with such deep history. Despite that, its really quite beautiful how people recognize other cultures and work harmoniously together. 

If I could do it over, I would... have gone skydiving while in Switzerland.