Hofstra in Venice 2013

     Today was our last day of class.  Professor Frisina asked us to give you, our readers and followers, a brief overview of this Study Abroad experience.  For 19 days we learned Italian life, made great friends, learned so much about ourselves and our world, and lived la bella vita.  Here’s what we want to remember:

Kristen Kolombatovich:  

My favorite moment on this trip was throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain. It was the monument I was most excited to see, and when I turned the corner and saw the beautiful fountain I was speechless. Hopefully as the legend surrounding the Trevi fountain says, I will return to see it and all of Rome again!


Katelyn Day:  

My favorite memory was making the masks. It was great to have the whole group together and making the masks was insanely fun!

Deanna Atkins:  

Studying in Venice may not have been a vacation, but it was an experience different from anything else I could have imagined taking away from my college years. It’s one of those things that you don’t believe is happening while it is - I guess it would be cliche to refer to my trip as surreal, but at the end of it, I’m still in shock that these 20 days have passed. But, from coming to Italy not knowing how to speak any Italian to only knowing one other person on the trip, I’ve had an incredible time and met some pretty amazing people.


Michael Papirmeister:   

If I had to sum up my time in Italy with a single word, it would be: life changing.  Okay, that’s two words, but still I don’t think I’ll forget my time here anytime soon.  Perhaps the best thing about this trip was getting to experience the culture of three very different cities.  Venice, Florence, and Rome each had their own unique way of life that was very exciting to experience.  Needless to say, I am sad to go and hope to be back soon.


Rachel Peace: 

This panoramic view of the Trevi fountain encompasses the grandeur of Rome, and Italy itself. I have been so blessed to attend this study abroad session, and be exposed to so many historical and cultural monuments. The tradition is to make a wish at the Trevi; of course idid but my dreams of visiting Italy have already come true! I hope to one day return!


Christina Deecken: 

Although it’s hard to pick a favorite moment out of all the amazing experiences I had on this trip, I absolutely loved going to the Trevi fountain in the middle of the night and making my wish. Like many other monuments I had the pleasure of seeing in Italy, the Trevi fountain was completely breathtaking. This study abroad session has proved to be both irreplaceable and life changing.


Caroline Wilkins

I love Italy! I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to see Venice as well as Florence, Pisa, Rome, and soon Milan. This has been the best experience!


Erin Schmitt
This trip has truly been the trip of a lifetime and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to spend it with. I’ll never forget the memories and friends I’ve made here in Italy. This was my first time leaving home, but I couldn’t imagine a more comfortable environment to have an experience such as this in. I don’t want to leave, but I can’t wait to bring my family here one day!