This first week was our first full week in Florence. We had orientation
Because we had more time on our hands, my friends and I got together almost every night to make dinner and get to know each other.
One of the first nights we went out, we met up with some other Drexel students who were visiting from Rome. We showed them around and took them to Zaza’s which was the restaurant we went to for my birthday. This was so much fun because we were able to hear about their experience in a different city in Italy and they were eager to share. Their schedule started early and ended early, versus our classes that depended on the day which we went to class. Our classes could start at 8:30 or 12:30 and most of our days don’t end until 6. We went out for the first time and got to meet people from around the world at a Latino club where we danced the night away.
The first few weeks my schedule was as follows:
Mondays Italian 12:30-2:30
Tuesdays Italian 12:30-2:30 Italian Style 3-6
Wednesdays Sketching in Florence 8:30-12:20 Italian 12:30-2:30 20th Century Fashion 3-6
Thursdays Renaissance Art History 8:45-11:45 Italian 12:30-2:30
I was placed into the Advanced Italian class with a couple of the other Drexel students that came with me. This class is called advanced for a reason. I have learned so much Italian in the past couple of weeks here because we have two days of grammar presentations, one on site visit, and one movie day. The on site is on Tuesdays and is an interactive visit to somewhere in Florence. So far we’ve been to a library, a hospital, a couple of leather stores, and historical sites. Our tours are in Italian and afterwards we are required to write questions to ask other students in class about the places we’ve seen. Thursdays we watch an Italian movie and write an essay about the movie we watched. The Italian Style course is not like what I was expecting. Every week we learn a new aspect of Italian culture, whether it be the religion, customs, food, music, etc. I dropped the Sketching in Florence class a couple of weeks into the term because I felt as though the course wasn’t helping my technique
This is probably my favorite part about learning at the Accademia. We have long classes, but there is always a 10 minute break in between and the second half of the class is different than the first. Whether it be a trip to a church or ancient piece of artwork or even to watch a movie to allow our understanding to grow, this way of learning makes much more sense than I have been taught in the past.