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Eliza Hart

About My Study Abroad Program

Major/Minor: Media and Journalism; History
Program: Instituto Lorenzo D’Medici
Location: Florence, Italy
Term: Summer 1 2022


Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I have always been fascinated by the Italian renaissance. I’m a History major and the incredible wealth of historical events, architecture and art in Florence was simply incredible.


What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that I am far more adaptable than I gave myself credit for. Whether is was the airlines losing my luggage or getting lost on my way back to the apartment, I navigated these situations much better than I thought I could’ve.


What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
My favorite memory has got to be when I was exploring Rome on one of the excursions with my roommates. We had become such great friends and to share those experiences with them truly created a lifelong bond between us.


What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Trust yourself. Going to a new, big place can be absolutely terrifying but you truly have got this and will enjoy every second.


How do you identify?
Student with a disability, Scholarship Recipient, Rural County Resident


Could you share any experiences where your identity played a role in your time abroad?
I have generalized anxiety disorder which meant that parts of this experience were very stressful. However, thanks to the wonderful people I met and worked with along the way, the brilliant outweighed the bad every time.


Is there any advice you would give to other students who share your identity?
Please know that you are not alone. There are people who want to help you and are ready to take on this challenge with you.


If you faced any challenges abroad, where could you turn to get the support you needed?
My roommates and the faculty at LDM were excellent resources to lean on for support.