As a architectural graduate student, I have always loved travel. I have been fortunate enough to study abroad in both my undergraduate studies and high school. My junior year was spent in Versailles, France as a participant of the Study Abroad Program Versailles at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles. For nine months, I and 31 other architecture students from the University of Illinois studied and lived in France. Travel was always encouraged and during my time abroad I visited many different countries all with the goal of advancing my architectural education. In high school, I was a part of Millikin’s Bella Musica program in Urbania, Italy. For one month, I studied classical piano, voice, and Italian at Centro Studi Itaniani. My time in Urbania spurred my love of Italian culture and international travel.

This summer, I will travel to Volterra, Italy as a member of a six person team partaking in a 1.5 week long design seminar at the residential college. The International Design Workshop Volterra 2015 will focus on society, technology, and urban conditions. Teams from several schools will take part and each team is required to research current urban conditions of their home town which will be presented at the beginning of the workshop. My team and I have been researching and collaborating since the beginning of March.

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