Q&A with CAPA Florence alum Lindsey Feamster

Nov 16, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by CAPA Study Abroad Ambassadors

In this post, Lindsey answers 10 questions about her experience studying abroad in Florence and her time so far as a CAPA Ambassador!

CAPA World: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you study abroad and from which home institution? What is your major?
Lindsey Feamster: My name is Lindsey Feamster and I’m a junior at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.  I’m a theatre performance major with a minor in sociology and this past summer I had the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy for a month. 

CW: What made you decide to apply to CAPA's Ambassador Program?
LF: I decided to apply because I had such an incredible experience in Italy and I really wanted to share that with other students on campus and encourage them to consider studying abroad.  I also thought it would be a good experience to have on my resume.
CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Summer2018_From Lindsey Feamster - ColosseumAt the Colosseum! 
CW: What has been your favorite part of the Ambassador Program and what has been the biggest challenge?
LF:  My favorite part has been sharing some of my stories from my trip during class visits.  Some of the conversations I’ve had with other students have been a lot of fun for me and it makes me really excited when someone becomes interested in studying abroad. I think the biggest challenge has been class visits.  For the most part they go really well, but I never know what the mood of the room is going to be when I do my presentation.  Sometimes I get a lot of really constructive questions and other times I get crickets.
CW: Why did you choose CAPA for your study abroad program? 
LF: I chose CAPA because it was the first program that caught my eye on campus and after I talked to the professors that usually teach the classes during the Florence program, I knew it was the right choice for me.  They had nothing but good things to say about CAPA and that helped make my decision easier.
CW: What were your first impressions of your host city? How did these change over the course of the semester?

LF:  I spent the whole month of May in Florence and when I first arrived I was a bit overwhelmed because everything seemed so different from what I was used to.  Everything seemed like a lot.  Including the fact that people were speaking a different language and nothing looked familiar.  I remember when we first passed the Duomo my mouth fell open because I couldn’t believe that I was going to be living in a place where there were structures like that so close by. It didn’t take long for me to stop feeling overwhelmed though, because the CAPA staff member who gave us our first tour of Florence made us all feel a little less afraid and made me excited to see the city.  By the end of the first week I was way more comfortable.  I went out that Saturday and just explored the city on my own.  It was one of my favorite days because I just chose a direction and started walking. At first, Florence seemed like somewhere I would always get lost, but by the end of the month I very rarely had to use my map to go somewhere I had been before.  I absolutely fell in love with Florence.    

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Summer2018_From Lindsey Feamster - DuomoThe Duomo in Florence

CW: What was your favorite class you took while abroad and why? How did it compare to the academics at your home university? 

LF:  My favorite class was Art and Architecture of the Italian Renaissance.  It was taught by one of the professors from my University.  It was so beneficial to me in terms of gaining an understanding of art.  I’ve never really been an art person and there was a lot I didn’t know.  This class opened me up to a lot of things I had never thought about before.  I came home feeling like I had gained an entire new way of looking at art. I don’t think there is a better possible way to take a class.  Talking about something in a classroom is one thing, but actually going out and seeing it changes everything.  There were many pieces of art that I had heard of or seen a picture of, but seeing them in person changed my perspective completely.  We rarely spent time in the classroom and the classes were usually taught as we were seeing the things we were learning about. 

CW: What is one of your favorite memories of your time abroad? We know there are probably a ton to choose from!
LF: It’s hard to pick just one, but I think my favorite would have to be the last night we were in Florence.  Our whole group went up to the palazzo that overlooks Florence and watched the sunset.  The view was incredible and watching the sunset over Florence on our last night was really special to me.  I FaceTimed my mom while it was happening so that she could experience that moment with me.  
CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Summer2018_From Lindsey Feamster - sunset over FlorenceBeautiful sunset over Florence
CW: Beyond the wanderlust, what transferrable skills did you take away from your time abroad that will help you in your future career?
LF: I think the biggest thing that I took away was a confidence and an ability to adapt.  Being thrown into a situation that you are unfamiliar with can be scary, but I think coming out of it I learned how to adapt depending on where I was and that I didn’t need to be afraid of new things.   
CW: What do you see yourself doing when you graduate? Did your experience abroad in any way shape your career goals and aspirations? If so, how?

LF: I plan on heading to grad school after my time at Marshall and continuing to pursue my career in theatre.  One of things that is extremely important for me as a performer is experiencing life as much as possible.  Theatre is the mirror that we hold up to life and that’s why I want to experience as much as I can. Studying abroad only reinforced that idea for me and gave me a new outlook on a lot of things in my own life.

CW: What is the greatest piece of advice you have for future study abroad students? 
LF: Just be open minded and do as much as possible.  Make use of your time abroad and don’t be afraid to try new things.  It is worth it.  I promise. 
CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Summer2018_From Lindsey Feamster - selfie at Piazzale Michelangelo-1
Selfie on the steps of Piazzale Michelangelo!

Thanks, Lindsey!

Lindsey Feamster


Meet Lindsey Feamster, a Marshall University student studying Theatre Performance. She studied abroad in Florence during Summer 2018 and is a CAPA Ambassador this fall.


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