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