Reflection by Molly Steiner

I have absolutely loved my experience in Trujillo. I’ve gained valuable knowledge about other cultures, people, and countries. I also gained so many new friends on this trip, for which I’m extremely grateful. I was pushed outside my comfort zone in many positive ways. Being in a different country where I was not entirely familiar with the language gave me a new perspective on what it’s like for people to…

Cross-Cultural Influences: Parent and Child Interactions Course by Haley Schonberg

I am very thankful that my study abroad experience has significantly helped prepare me for my future endeavors.  The study abroad I went on was in Florence, Italy.  This was a psychology study abroad where I got to take a psych class entitled Cross-Cultural Influences: Parent and Child Interactions.  This was the perfect course for me because in the fall I am beginning my master’s degree in social services.  Once…

Week Two in Italy by Molli Serdock

Week two in Italy and it has been such a wonderful week! I have been going on awesome excursions this week and learning so much. I am getting my master’s in Child Life and thankfully we have had amazing opportunities this week to work with children in Italy. Starting with going to school and facilitating medical play, visiting an old asylum for the mentally ill, touring a children’s hospital, and…

Andalucía by Molly Steiner

As an entire group, we took a five-day trip to Andalucía, a southern province in Spain. We visited the cities of Sevilla, Granada, and Cordoba. These cities are major tourist sites and have much larger populations compared to Trujillo. Sevilla has a population of close to 700,000. It includes major tourist sites like the Sevilla Cathedral, Jewish quarters, Guadalquivir River, and the Plaza Mayor. Sevilla, as was all of Spain,…

Culture Differences in Florence by Anna Saracino

After a few weeks here living and studying in Florence, Italy, I have discovered some clear differences in culture. First, I admire how committed the Italians are to sustainability. This is something that the United States has tried to change however is severely lacking compared to other countries. Italians are very meticulous when it comes to waste and recycling. In the streets there are 5-6 different trash cans to separate…