Umbra Institue in Perugia
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Talia Weiss

Major: Anthropology
Minor: architecture and Jewish studies
Hometown: Potomac, MD

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I talked to my study abroad adviser about wanting a smaller program, slightly off the beaten path, that could cater both to immersing myself in Italian culture and archaeology.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This experience has helped me grow so much as both a student and an individual. I went into this program knowing only one other person, my roommate. It was tough to adjust in the beginning, especially because I spoke no Italian. However, as my Italian studies progressed, so did my comfort in the city. Everyone is friendly and welcoming to helping you learn Italian, and many of the people here want help improving their English. While here, I have been working in three local museums; one with my archaeology class and two with a museum studies internship.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I have now had work experience in all areas of archaeology and museum studies, which will help me figure out an ultimate academic and career plan.

Working with the local curators and people here has solidified why I chose to study cultural anthropology.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

Although the museum internship has been extremely rewarding, I have learned that a career in museums is not what I would like to pursue. However, working with the local curators and people here has solidified why I chose to study cultural anthropology.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes. It was an amazing experience that is very different than the typical abroad locations. Initially knowing only one other Penn State student in the program going into it allowed me to meet many .  It is a little harder to travel from for flights, but once you have mastered the train schedule it is just as easy as any other city.

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