Tessa in Italy

Tessa in Italy

“I liked it because I like having some sort of structure that gives me the foundation of what I need to do, but I like to be able to take it in any direction.”

—Tessa R.

Tessa is a graphic design major who spent a semester in Florence, Italy with the Arcadia program. She took coursework for her major, and enjoyed the opportunity to travel and become acquainted with Italian culture.

Tessa took several courses in her major in Florence. Corporate Design, Photography, Business and Marketing, and Mixed Media were all courses that she hadn’t taken yet, and she was able to learn with other international and Italian students. She found the class structure to be flexible. "You still had to meet all the requirements, but it was really open-ended. For my Corporate Design class, for instance, we had to pick a business that was based in Florence, and then we could go anywhere with it. We could invent the business, or we could pick one that was already established, and then we designed all of the corporate images. In that sense it was really open. I liked it because I like having some sort of structure that gives me the foundation of what I need to do, but I like to be able to take it in any direction."

In and outside of the classroom, Tessa felt that she accomplished her goals for study abroad. “I wanted to immerse myself in the culture, learn about myself, learn about other cultures, and just take in life. By being part of that whole experience, it really gave me that opportunity. I learned a lot about myself, what I want out of life, and what I want to do. Before I left, I was in kind of a rut, like ‘I’m done in a year, what am I going to do with my life?’ It made me see the bigger picture. I have the confidence to just go out and get what I want, or at least try to. I traveled around a lot by myself, so, I’ve always been really independent, but it just reinforced that. I’m definitely open to new cultures and new ways of thinking.”

View down a riverway Group of smiling friends sitting at a dinner table Tessa leaning on a bridge railing View of a cathedral down a city street

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