SC 475N/IT 175
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Mary McDavid

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Biology
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Spring 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Anatomy in Italy brings together language, culture, history, and science in a unique way that allows students to explore not only another country but themselves as they learn about typical subjects from an interdisciplinary, non-typical approach.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Through this experience, I was able to experience a new approach to basic subjects covered within the college setting. Not only did the travel abroad experience allow for a whole new type of learning experience, but the mixing of different subjects within the course itself provided students with an opportunity to learn new concepts with a type of depth, breadth, and context that other classes do not provide.

"[The embedded course] provided students with an opportunity to learn new concepts with a type of depth, breadth, and context that other classes do not provide."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Anatomy in Italy allowed for students to understand health care systems in other countries through opportunities to connect with Italian medical students while in Italy, tours of state-of-the-art Italian hospitals, and classroom experiences here in State College. This will be extremely helpful as I am looking to pursue a career in the medical field after graduating from Penn State. Also, the exposure to new cultures and lifestyles is a component of the class that will be beneficial for any career or experience that life provides.

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.)?

With the help of the College of Liberal Arts, I was able to maximize my experience in Italy through the financial support that the Career Enrichment Network helped provide. Additionally, the instructors that helped prepare us for our experience in Italy in addition to the instruction and guidance provided while in Italy, truly made this trip a once in a life time opportunity.

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