Final Thoughts on a Summer in Italy

Students holding Miami flag outside of a castle

Kasey Schumacher

As this program is coming to end, I can say that this has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. This trip has been amazing and I am so thankful that I was able to participate. I have learned a lot from the classes, and more than I was expecting. The CSE class contained all brand new material to me; so even though it was a tad difficult, I definitely learned a lot. Learning about sustainability was very enjoyable and I feel like I will change some of my habits when I am back at home (mainly the food habits). I’m very happy we were in southern Italy and we got to experience real Italian culture. This is definitely a trip I will never forget. Thank you Daniela and Iñaki!

Tina Fowler

As the program comes to end, I am sad to be leaving because it was truly an amazing experience. I am really glad that I decided to come on the trip despite how intimidated I was to be taking a computer science course. I feel like I learned a lot in both classes, as well as by simply observing Italian culture. I was actually very surprised at how relevant the sustainability course was to my interest in social justice and how much I learned about the different ways I can help make a difference. One cool thing I took away from this experience is the concept of Slow Food; I am excited to look into slow food restaurants in my area and go there with family and friends. I would definitely recommend this trip to others.

Brandon Sonoda

This month in Italy has been absolutely great. From the friends I’ve made to the things I’ve learned, studying abroad with this program has been one of the best decisions that I have made at Miami.  As a computer science major, I feel like the courses have been helpful to my education.  Studying abroad has been much more than that, as a group we’ve observed many of the local customs of Italy, we’ve met lots of new friends, and we’ve seen many great places.  The Italian way of life has been very relaxing and some of the concepts and ideals that I’ve seen here will stick with me the rest of my life.  Studying abroad in Italy with this great group of people, with great faculty, has truly been a blast.

Kyle Strauss

As the program comes to an end I am very sad to have to leave, I wish it could have gone on all summer long. I loved every aspect of the trip, from the weekend excursions to the classes. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of students to spend a month with. I know I have made great friends and not just from the US but from Italy as well. I plan on staying in touch with all of the Italian friends that I have made. Also having teachers that we not only knowledge able in the subject matter but Italian culture as well made this summer one of the best I’ve ever had.

Jackson Coulter

Leaving the trip is definitely really sad for me. I have really enjoyed getting to know everyone here and getting to absorb all of the local culture here. While I am looking forward to seeing the rest of Europe with my brother, I am going to miss the good times that we all had here together. I know that we have all already agreed that we have to get together next year as often as we can so it’s really cool that we all became as close as we did.

Andrew Zirkle

As I say goodbye to Italy, I remember all the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made. The most enjoyable part of the trip has really just been the people I’ve met and the international culture I’ve been exposed to with my time here. I’ve talked the day away with Fins, met a bunch of Italians who wish their English was better, and made good friends with a Romanian and an Indian. The people you met are really what you can take away from a trip like this. Of course, you can have the memories, but those things are static, unchanging, while the people you met you can grow with.