A Fond Farewell to Florence
The group spent an unforgettable weekend in Rome. They marveled at the size and beauty of the Sistine Chapel and threw coins in the famous Trevi Fountain. One of the most memorable stops was the Colosseum.
“I’ll never forget how it grew more impressive and impossibly large the closer we got,” wrote Kayla Woodyard.
Back in Florence, they toured the Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing, a school recognized worldwide for excellence. They walked through rows of dress forms and sewing machines, and even saw students using large knitting machines. Graduating from the school practically guarantees success in the industry. It’s so renowned that those in the field return.
“Many people who are already designers or have careers come back to this school to freshen up their skills or learn new techniques or new concepts,” explained Lyndsey Cook.
The Child and Family Studies students were looking forward to visiting another type of school. They visited Reggio Emilia, Italy to learn more about the educational method that bears the city’s name. The Reggio Emilia approach was founded after World War II by a teacher, Loris Malaguzzi, and parents from the surrounding villages. It offers children from 6 months to 6 years of age a unique self-guided learning experience. It incorporates the arts, and focuses on core concepts like respect and responsibility.
“I LOVED the tour we took. At the end, we got to see and interact with some of the hands-on activities they have for children. I think hands on activities are always a great way to get children involved in learning,” wrote Emily Byrd.
The EKU group got some hand-on experience of their own with a culinary adventure at an Italian grocery and restaurant called Eataly. They took cooking classes and learned to make authentic Italian homemade pizza and pasta.
“We made the noodles a bit thick so they were kind of doughy,” wrote Celina Sanks. “All in all it was a really fun time learning to cook Italian dishes with everyone.”
Many students ended their final blogs with a list of advice for others who might go abroad. Tips included everything from what to pack and where to eat to how to approach any situation.
The words in one of Lexi Martin’s final posts from Italy captured thoughts shared by several in the group.
“Have a positive attitude and just embrace life in Firenze! I was pretty nervous going on this trip with people I really didn’t know that well. But now I can say I have made wonderful friendships and memories that I will cherish forever,” she wrote.
Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing
Published on March 30, 2016