What were the most important things you learned during your Exploration Seminar experience (academic and/or personal)?

I learned a larger deal about the world than I would ever have expected. Going abroad puts you out of your place at home and shows you the world from a different perspective. You have to be open to all of the things you can learn out there or you will never have the ‘full’ experience. Interacting with the locals and learning how they see life and the world made me realize that, even with all of the differences, we really are all the same.

Just being able to get out of my comfort zone at home.

Learning the Italian culture and bonding with the students I went with.

I learned more ways to use art. I was also able to see people from different academic backgrounds connect in art, even if it wasn’t their forte. In the more cultural sense, I learned more of the differences between different parts – even towns – of Italy.

I learned to see outside of my own culture and gain a little understanding of what it feels to look at the U.S. as an outsider. I also found a unique kind of hospitality amongst many native Italians that I probably would never have known had I not been to their home country.

I learned a lot about art that I just wouldn’t have learned in a classroom, the same goes for culture and experiencing new things in general.

I learned about living in a place where I am the minority and where there was a language barrier. I learned about the history and culture of Italy. I also got to see all of this amazing art.

To always push yourself to experience new things.

I learned a lot about myself and that I’m better at adapting to new experiences than I thought. I also learned that my artistic skills aren’t as limited as I used to think.

How to interact with people you do not know. Making books, and getting back into art.

It was important to know the Italian culture and how different it was from the culture of the United States. It was amazing to see the differences but also the similarities.

Ideas and inspiration can come from anywhere.

Academically and personally: don’t rush through it all. Take things slow, so you wont miss anything. enjoy life.

What was your favorite part of the Exploration Seminar experience?

Connecting with the everyone; the people from the group, the locals, and other tourists.

The people; directors and fellow students.

Meeting students from school that i am now best friends with.

My classmates and professors.

Traveling with a group of peers was amazing.

I liked the balance of organized program time and personal free time.

The Italian culture.

My favorite part of the Exploration Seminar was getting to work with our group and meet new people.

Very active and engaging instructors, and I was very happy to meet everybody in my group. I think that the people you travel with will make or break your experience, so it is of paramount importance that students are selected according to how they might interact and affect the group.

It was an amazing experience! And Curt and Cynthia were incredible as the faculty members, they made it so unforgettable. Thank you!

I had the time of my life. I met people that I will be friends with for a long time and we can reminisce about how much fun we had while studying abroad. I loved my instructors and every place we went. I will remember this for the rest of my life.

It was a great experience.

This was one of the best experiences of my life for so many different reasons. I made lasting friendships and studied new topics that fit my interests really well. It made me want to return to Italy and possibly live there for awhile, and also made me want to travel to other countries as well.

It was an amazing experience and I would do it again if I could. Curt and Cynthia were ntohing short of amazing and Florence was an amazing city to explore.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your Exploration Seminar experience?

Amazing.

Wonderful and unforgettable!

I would do it again.

It was amazing and one of my favorite experiences in my UW career.

It was amazing! A truly great experience that I am so happy I had the opportunity to do.

This has by far been the most fun, eye-opening and adventurous 5 credits that I will ever earn and the most awe-inspiring 4 weeks.

Thank you for showing me how intriguing and fascinating art (history) and architecture can be.

Thank you for the opportunity to grow and learn on this adventure. You have helped lifetime dreams of mine come true.