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Alexis Achs
      Alexis Achs

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Program: Florence University of the Arts
Location: Florence, Italy
Semester Abroad: Fall 2011
Major: English
Minor:  Art (Graphic Design)

Memorable Experience:
Every moment abroad was wonderfully special and unique in it's own way. Even now, thinking back to my time abroad, it’s hard to pick one thing since I loved every minute there! One of my top moments was taking a History of the Italian Renaissance course. What better place to study the Italian Renaissance than in its birthplace! For each two-hour class, we had about a 50- to 60-minute lecture, and then for the last half of the class, we were walking through the city and actually seeing the places that we were studying about! For example, we took a tour around the chapel where Michelangelo did his anatomical studies as an apprentice. Just to be that close to history was absolutely stunning and surreal. I loved walking through the city and experiencing the amazing art, architecture, and landscapes that helped make my study of English and art possible.

Benefits of Studying Abroad:
Studying abroad for a semester in a completely different setting that you are not normally used may seem like a huge undertaking. Honestly it is. But at the end of the day, it allows you to learn who you are as a person. In a place that is so unlike what you’re used to, you realize how to adapt to all kinds of situations and this will help you grow as a person. For me, I had never really learned/known how to read a map, let alone a map of metro and subway lines! By the end of the trip, I could look at a map of Florence, Paris, and Berlin and tell you how to get to one place by foot or which metro line to take. It’s tough at first, but it is all worth it in the end. My semester abroad has even inspired me to go back to Europe and study or get a job there! There is no such thing as too much traveling!

Advice & Tips:
GO! That’s the easiest choice. The harder one is deciding where! Everyone should go abroad sometime during their college career. If you come to St. Norbert wanting to study abroad, make sure that you tell your advisor and have it worked into your four-year plan. When I came in as a freshman and went to all the Study Abroad information sessions and the Brown Bag Lunches, I knew right then and there that I wanted to go abroad. I told my academic advisor and my study abroad advisor and we started looking at classes and schedules to see which semester would work best for me personally. It was the best decision to start planning early. Though my semester abroad most certainly had its emotional days, it was one of the best decisions of my college career and I don’t regret a single bit of it. It’s a wonderful thing to say that you lived in another country for four months!

Study Abroad Office

Phone: (920) 403-4068
Fax: (920) 403-4083

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