International Studies Institute- Florence, Italy
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Tess Moore

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Rockville, MD

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found out about study abroad through my friends. One friend in particular convinced me to go with her to Florence, Italy for the semester and I am very grateful she did.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I left for Florence, Italy on January 1st and remained there for four months. The experience I had was nothing short of amazing. Each day on my way to class, I had the opportunity to pass by architecture and scenery that was breathtaking. I was able to meet many new friends, both from Penn State and from other schools. On the weekends, my new friends and I planned trips to visit places I had only read about in books. We went to Dublin, Ireland on Saint Patrick’s Day, visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa, saw Anne Frank’s home in Amsterdam, and attended Munich, Germany’s famous Spring Fest.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This study abroad experience has greatly impacted me academically. While abroad, I took classes in the arts as well as in history. For example, I took History and Politics of Modern Italy and a class on the European Union. These classes opened my mind up to international politics, a field of studies I did not even know I was interested in. Now, at home, I feel much more informed when watching the news or reading the newspaper. I can comprehend much more about international politics than I ever could before, which I think is very important to be able to do as a citizen and voter in the United States.

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

My career plans are to attend a post undergraduate nursing school and then to become a nurse and hopefully one day a nurse practitioner. As a nurse, I will be treating patients from a variety of backgrounds that speak many different languages and may have certain cultural barriers that other nurses will not be able to understand or work around. After spending four months in Europe, I have a better understanding of how to communicate with those who are different from me, and how to work with people of other cultures and learn from them in order to create a successful outcome.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend studying abroad to any Liberal Arts student because it greatly broadens your world view and makes you a more well rounded human being.

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