SC 475N & IT 175: Anatomy in Italy
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Lyndsay Rathbun

Liberal Arts Major: Anthropology
Hometown: York, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Spring 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This semester, I took SC 475N/IT 175, which is an embedded course that includes a study abroad experience to Italy over spring break. We did a ton of things in a short amount of time! We met medical students from the University of Bologna and discussed the differences in their university training in Italy versus the US. We toured anatomical wax museums that had large collections of obstetrics figures and saw priceless works of art like Michelangelo's "The David." We had had a cooking class that taught us how to make three types of pasta in Bologna. In Siena, we were shown how traditional Sienese painters of the Middle Ages used gold leaf in their art.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I am committed to learning how to speak and read Italian! Learning Italian wasn't something I considered before my acceptance into this embedded program, but I have found the language easy to pick up and enjoy learning new words every day.

"The impact this experience had revitalized my passion for traveling and experiencing new cultures."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

The impact this experience had revitalized my passion for traveling and experiencing new cultures. It reminded me that I need to have a career that supports my love of traveling and will allow me to travel in my personal time.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The enrichment funds I received allowed me to prepare for and enjoy my experience abroad without worrying about the financial requirement of the program.

For more information on education abroad for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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