Mia P. is a 22 year-old student from the University of South Carolina, who studied with us during the Summer 2010 on our Summer in Rome.
What classes did you take while abroad? Intro to Architecture and Masters & Monuments
What was your favorite class and why? Masters and Monuments, which was a two student class lead by the BEST teacher in all of Rome. Elisabetta is an extremely knowledgeable teacher and the majority of our classes were held walking around the streets of Rome.
What type of accommodation did you have? Did you like it? Staying above Piazza Navona was the best aspect of the entire trip, hands down. It was so intimate and very special to live atop of one of the most beautiful piazzas in the world.
What extracurricular activities did you participate in? I participated in the student photo contest (and won once!).
What were the most noticeable differences between your home university and your host university while abroad? The host university was much smaller than USC yet was still as accommodating as a big university. The teaching styles were also a lot different, the idea of a syllabus is quite a different concept in Italy.
Did you travel while abroad? Yes, with CIS I traveled to Florence, Pienza, Orvieto, Modena, Parma and Paestum, Italy. I also visited Catanzaro, Italy and Amsterdam, Netherlands.
What do you miss most about your host country? Its inexhaustible amount of places to visit!
What was your most challenging travel experience? The Italian language was the hardest; learning was much more difficult on the spot than I thought it was going to be.
What are five things you packed that you wish you hadn’t? Towels (already in my apartment!), long-sleeve clothing, excessive amounts of shoes, Rome guidebooks (there were so many in my apartment!) and advil.
What are five things you didn’t pack that you wish you had? More converters, tennis shoes, socks, Dove shampoo and conditioner and a writing journal.