by CARMINE PALUMBO, Director of Study Abroad
As college students all over the country prepare to participate in the time-honored tradition of traveling to warm, sunny beaches to enjoy the spring break week, three East Georgia State College students prepare to take a very different type of trip, a weeklong Study Abroad trip to Italy. As guests of the University of Georgia’s campus in Cortona, the group will be using the UGA site as a home base while in Italy.
Among the three students participating in this life-changing journey, two are participants in EGSC’s Correll Scholars program: Madison Bearden of Waynesboro and Brianna Clay of Swainsboro. They will be joined by Avery Phillips of Lyons and led by Dr. Carmine Palumbo, EGSC Director of Study Abroad.
“It was advertised as ‘The Trip of a Lifetime,’ and I think it will live up to its billing,” said Dr. Palumbo. “The students are most excited about visiting the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, from what I can tell, but they are also excited to spend some time with other college students from Georgia, and all over the world, in Cortona.”
The University of Georgia has maintained a campus in Cortona since 1970. Cortona is also home of the famed Under the Tuscan Sun author, and Georgia native, Frances Mayes.
For student participant Madison Bearden, the trip is a reward after two years of hard work in the Correll Scholars program.
“My family was able to save some tuition money while I have been in the Correll Scholars program, which made it a little easier to convince my parents to allow me to participate in this program,” she said. After living in the Dominican Republic for several years growing up, she was more attracted to the Italy trip than EGSC’s other Study Abroad program, Costa Rica.
Brianna Clay concurs, saying “The Correll Scholars program has been an excellent opportunity to learn about our local region, the state, and the world. As a Political Science major, I am excited to visit one of the places where I have always wanted to go.”
Clay also looks forward to making contact with a family member she has not seen in a while who works at the United Nations in Rome.
A self-proclaimed lover of food and Italian culture, Avery Phillips had an easy decision to make when offered the chance to participate in the Italy Spring Break program.
“I do not think one week will be enough time for me to learn everything I want to know about Italian cooking,” said Phillips, “but I am going to make the most of every minute.”
On his first trip abroad, Phillips joins a long tradition of students who made their first overseas journey on an EGSC Study Abroad program.
The EGSC Study Abroad group left on the morning of the 12th of March and returned late on the 19th. They will visit Milan, Cortona, Florence and Rome.