Rebecca Smith

I knew I had always wanted to study abroad, and I thought Italy would be the perfect place for me. Signing up I was extremely nervous because I did not know anyone in the program, and I was stepping outside of my comfort zone. I did not know what to expect, but Urbino exceeded my expectations. I really feel like I have gotten the true Italian experience. Urbino is so beautiful, and I could not imagine studying abroad anywhere else. I have felt extremely safe here and everyone has been very welcoming. I met so many amazing people along the way, and even made lasting friendships. I truly feel like I have immersed myself into Italian culture and this experience has opened my eyes to another way of life. From exploring local shops and restaurants, traveling to Florence and Sirolo for the free weekends, enjoying the nightlife, and meeting the most amazing individuals, I would not trade this experience for the world. On top of that, being on the design team for the magazine taught me so much. Elisabeth Kvernen was the most incredible professor. She allowed me to explore my creative capabilities and taught me so much along the way. She is so patient, kind, and understanding. I would never have had this amazing opportunity without my parents, I am so fortunate to have parents that support me in all my endeavors. Urbino will always have a special place in my heart, and I will be coming back one day!

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