From May 21st through June 6th, interior design faculty member, Marciann Patton and 11 Missouri State University students from various majors visited numerous cities throughout Spain and Italy, including Venice, the Venetian Islands, Florence, Massa Carrara, Pisa, Volterra, Siena, Rome, and Barcelona, Spain. When asked to describe the benefits of study away opportunities for students, Ms. Patton stated,
Trips are more meaningful and life impacting than any typical travel you could ever experience. This summer’s trip was very inspiring and energizing. It is amazing how you can see things from antiquity until present day and experience it all first hand. You almost feel like a time traveler, looking at remnants of past civilizations. We saw almost every style of art and architecture and time period that exists. There is no better way to learn about different cultures than actually experiencing it. You come back with a greater appreciation of history, art, architecture, different cultures, and of home.