Alessandra Liller

Rome, Italy: Study Tour of Roman History and Archaeology
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Alessandra Liller

Liberal Arts Major: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, English
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Together with a cohort of other Penn State students and a team of faculty members, I journeyed around the city of Rome and the surrounding area in order to explore the culture of Ancient Rome and to see landmarks I've studied in history courses for years. We learned about ancient economics, politics, and everyday life through ruins and archaeological excavations.

How did this experience impact you academically?

It was phenomenal being able to finally explore in-person the sites and buildings I've been learning about for years. It's one thing to read about something in a book, but it's a whole other experience to be able to say you stood in the middle of the Roman Forum or looked out over Capitoline Hill. It gave me perspective on information I already knew that I wouldn't have gotten without the experience.

"It's one thing to read about something in a book, but it's a whole other experience to be able to say you stood in the middle of the Roman Forum or looked out over Capitoline Hill."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I believe that this experience has given me a more worldly view, which is vital for being an effective editor as you're meant to be constantly on the lookout for the next new thing in literature.

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 fund I received from the College of the Liberal Arts allowed me to undertake this experience without worrying about the financial burden. The faculty involved in the program--all members of the CAMS department--also helped to make this experience unforgettable with their knowledge and expertise.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program informed me of this opportunity through the newsletter that they send out weekly during the school year. Although I don't remember this exact program being featured, there was a link to the CAMS study abroad page, which is where I found this program.

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