Program and Term: 
Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (Spring 2017)
How did this program benefit your academic plan?
When I was a freshman, I sat down with one of my professors to discuss what I expected from my college experience. The first thing out of my mouth was that I wanted to study abroad. Now as a senior, I have been able to study abroad twice, once with a Panther Program (Pitt in Sicily) and again with a Pitt-Recognized Program. It was this program that was suggested to me during that freshman year meeting. The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) has been the premiere study abroad experience for Classics students since 1965. The "Centristi" (students at the ICCS) come from across the country and live together for a semester in a four story building located in the eternal city, Rome. I knew from the first moment I heard about the program that I needed to be apart of this institution. Not only were the students from various parts of the country, but so were the Professors. The diversity of experience and background within our small group of thirty was a wonderful addition to the outstanding academic opportunities offered to us throughout the semester. I was able to continue my studies of Ancient Greek, reading Plutarch's 'Antony' whilst walking in both the author's and subject's shoes. Rome was my classroom. We walked in the steps of the ancients, listening to lectures not only at outstanding well preserved monuments, such as the Colosseum, but also under highway bypasses, where there were some remains of an ancient port city, and inside dome sized Etruscan tombs organized within a widespread necropolis. I've always had a fascination with the ancient world, but that fascination has increased tenfold and I've realized that what I thought I knew about the ancients was just skimming the surface. I've come back to Pitt not only with new friends and experiences, but also with a renewed passion and desire to learn. As I start my senior year, I have found both of my experiences abroad to be invaluable to my college experience and essential to fulfilling my academic goals in the most intellectually stimulating way.