Spark of Creativity
Post Study Abroad Reflection
1. Did you study abroad for the purposes of research? If so, in what ways did studying abroad contribute to your research (e.g. – visited foreign museums, visited foreign libraries with special collections, engaged with foreign faculty who helped guide my research, etc.)?
During the semester, my study abroad experience was geared toward my personal education and growth. However, during the summer, my program in Tuscany was specifically intended for research for my senior Program of Liberal Studies research. Studying abroad directly contributed to my research, because I was able to visit churches and museums containing original artworks relevant to my research. In particular, I visited the Dante House Museum, the Dante Society of Florence Library, Santa Maria Novella, the Duomo, and the Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence, the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, the John Cabot Library in Rome, as well as many other churches and art museums.
2. Did you study abroad to build your linguistic and cultural fluencies? If so, how have your language skills increased as a result of studying abroad? How did studying abroad increase your cultural fluency? What opportunities increased your cultural fluency (e.g. – engaged with local customs, festivals, religious and/or civic events; went beyond the “ND bubble”; etc.)?
I did in part study abroad in order to improve my linguistic and cultural fluencies. My language skills have improved (although I would by no means call myself fluent), particularly my listening skills. My cultural literacy has skyrocketed. During the summer, I lived in a tiny medieval town in rural Tuscany, surrounded by the culture of the area. During my time abroad, I attended Mass and traveled, as well as attended religious festivities throughout Holy Week.