For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Caroline Brown. I am an undergraduate student at Purdue University studying Psychological Sciences and Human Development. After completing my undergraduate studies, I hope to become a volunteer for the Peace Corps and work somewhere in Africa or South America focusing primarily on either Community Development or Early Childhood Literacy Promotion. After volunteering for the Peace Corps, I plan on attending graduate school to study Developmental Psychology. I truly value the behavioral and social sciences and have a deep appreciation for the work of psychologists before me. I hope to one day contribute to the fascinating world of psychology in my own way with my own research.
In addition to my love of the behavioral and social sciences, I’ve always had a love for travel, so naturally when I heard about this trip to Venice I had to get more information. Italy is one of those places that’s on most people’s bucket lists. Everyone wants to experience the endless amounts of delicious food, vast vineyards, warm coastlines, and welcoming people. I am no exception to that. Italy has been on my bucket list since I was a child. I loved watching movies that took place in Rome or Milan or Venice. Partaking in this study abroad trip will allow me to live out my childhood fantasy of wandering around the winding streets of Venice and absorbing as much about the historical city as I possibly can.
By going to Italy, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of a country that is foreign to me. There’s no better way to learn than immersion, and I plan on fully immersing myself in the culture and traditions of Italy while there. That’s the beauty of study abroad, you get to actually experience a country firsthand. I can read hundreds of books about Italy, but nothing can compare to actually traveling there and seeing what I read about in person. Study abroad gives students the chance to fully comprehend the importance of an architectural work or the beauty of a sunrise or how the locals talk. Those are things you can’t ever quite know by reading a book or watching a video online. Study abroad allows students to experience what they learn about in the classroom in real life as well. Since I took the eight week “Making the Human” course, I have already had the chance to talk a lot about the Renaissance period and Venice’s massive role in it. Actually going to Venice will further my learning and make all of the readings and discussions real. I will get to actually see Basilica San Marco in person rather than just discussing its architecture and looking at pictures of the basilica in class. I will get to see the divots and grooves that a photograph cannot capture with my own eyes and the beautiful paintings that cover the walls. This study abroad trip to Venice is an invaluable learning experience. I’m ready to go to Italy and immerse myself in its beautiful culture.
I cannot wait to get on the plane to Venice and share my Italian adventures with all of you!