I had the opportunity to study abroad in Reggio Emilia, Italy from August 2015- December 2015 during my second year at Cal Poly. Reggio Emilia is a rural town in central Italy, famous for its cuisine. While studying abroad I interned at L’Ovile Cooperativa di Solidarieta Sociale and took classes taught by Italian professors.
L’Ovile Cooperativa di Solidarieta Sociale is an organization dedicated to promote social inclusion and supports individuals with mental and physical disabilities.
While in Italy I had the opportunity to attend the Milan World Food Expo. At the Expo, I learned about food sustainability and food from different countries. I learned that what we eat tells a story about us and the intimate connections people have to food.
The Emilia- Romagna region is famous for its food, particularly the Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese and Modena Balsamic Vinegar. I visited the factories where these products were made to learn about the food development process.
My study abroad experience helped me gain the confidence to go outside my comfort zone and develop relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
Right: Enjoying a Panzerotti (a.ka. the baby between pizza and donuts)