Office of International Programs

Kristina Jamison

Kristina Jamison
Lorenzo di'Medeici, Italy
Fall 2010

I am an Art Student at the University of Southern Maine and in the Fall of 2010 I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. I learned more about art, culture and myself then I could have ever imagined. I inst a  ntly found myself intrigued and excited when  landing in Florence. The city was already beautiful. I met some amazing people from all over the world and got to travel throughout Europe over the semester and tackled some of my main goals, like skiing in Switzerland and traveling to Germany for Oktoberfest, and that's just naming a few.

I found real comfort in the Italian culture and the county. I traveled throughout Italy and found the most magnificent views and sites I had ever seen, truly unexplainable. As an artist, I found so much inspiration from everything around me, that it made my classes inviting and refreshing. Some of my favorite experiences were drawing throughout the city of Florence, learning Italian, eating amazing Italian cuisine, discovering the European lifestyle and expanding my view on life as well as maturing as an individual.


Studying abroad has been the time of my life and has opened my eyes to the world. I'm already planning on going back. The scholarship helped me achieve many of my goals that I probably wouldn't have been able to do without it. I truly appreciate the help and support.