Although the semester seems to be winding down.. the workload, the traveling, the last minute things on my bucket list have delayed this much necessary blog post!
I have now experienced my second and final study tour with DIS.
Having this be my second time traveling to Italy this year, I had some predisposed expectations of this trip. However, Milan was unlike any other Italian city I had visited before. It is hands down fashion capital, and that says a lot coming from a New Yorker herself. From the Duomo to skyscrapers, history and modernization beautifully intertwined.
What was especially nice about the study tour to Milan was the balance of academic visits and free time. So it is only fair to give you a major highlight of both.
One of my favorite highlights of the trip was this visit to the famous painting, The Last Supper. Google image is nothing compared to seeing the painting in real form. It was so nice of DIS to provide such accommodation, given how hard it is to book a reservation. Standing in that room, I could really feel the history surround me. It was an incredible sight.
Another highlight, was learning about the impact Dog Therapy has with cognitive functioning. This type of practice is commonly used with patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and in one of the research studies done on this practice, it was unexpectedly discovered that this type of therapy enhancing learning. This type of discovery in my eyes promoted the future of Positive Psychology. Since Positive Psychology is still a new field, there is a lot of research still needed. So being able to learn about new impacts and new discoveries not only restored faith in the field of Positive Discovery, but it made me want to learn more.
My favorite academic lesson had to be the random act of kindness activity we were all assigned to do. DIS provided each group of about four or five with 10 euro and were assigned to do whatever random of act of kindness to whomever. The second we got outside, a girl in my group instantly said: I have an idea. We didn’t ask questions and simply followed her to the destination. We ended up giving the full 10 euro to a man on the street who carves beautiful things out of carrots for a living. We had all passed by him a bunch of times and really appreciated his art. However, when we got back to our class and each went around to discuss what we did with our money it turned out that almost every group gave him the money. I guess it was his lucky day!
One of the days in Milan, we had the entire afternoon free so a few of us decided to take a day trip to Lake Como. Although the weather was a bit cloudy, it was still a beautiful and fun day! I definitely enjoyed the nature.
Milan was a great week spent with great friends. My core-course really came together and really made an effort to know one another. I wouldn’t trade that week for the world.