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Florence: International Studies Institute (ISI) at Palazzo Rucellai (Summer)
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Hunter Scott

Major: Economics
Minor: Business
Hometown: Carlisle, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I talked with someone from the Career Enrichment Network about my options, then talked to someone with study abroad about final details for it.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I studied abroad for 6 weeks, so I took 2 classes worth 6 credits total. I took a class about art history in Florence and a class about local family businesses. The art history was a fun class; we were able to visit a different museum or church every class. The local family businesses course was a broad business course in which we talked about many different areas of business while also taking a few trips to different businesses. Classes were only Monday through Thursday, so everyone would travel on the weekends. I traveled to Rome, Venice, Milan, the Amalfi Coast, French Riviera, Barcelona, and the Canary Islands while I was there.

It's a lot of fun to experience a new culture for an extended period of time and take classes to learn more about it. And on top of that, you get to travel to many different places with the new friends you make in your program.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically by helping me catch up on my credits. I have wanted to study abroad for some time, but with being behind on credits, I knew I couldn't do it during a full semester. This made doing it over the summer perfect as it allowed me to take a normal amount of credits in the fall and spring while also taking extra credits over the summer. The classes also count towards your GPA. This is a good way to help your GPA because you are focusing on two classes that you take two times a week.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goal is to get a job in finance or economics after graduating using my economics degree. I am keeping the possibility of returning to school a few years after graduating open. This experience impacted my career plan by making me a lot more comfortable getting out of my comfort zone and making me more independent. I did a lot of things on my own in Florence without having any experience with traveling by myself. I would be a lot more comfortable going to a new place to work to give myself more options in my career.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would highly recommend this experience. You get to have this experience with a lot of people who are in the same position. It's a lot of fun to experience a new culture for an extended period of time and take classes to learn more about it. And on top of that, you get to travel to many different places with the new friends you make in your program.

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