The walls in the picture above tell of a student’s life dedicated to learning. Once you get to the top of the stairs you see the student near the end of his life but he knows that he still so much to learn. The Italian Studies Summer Program taught me that there is still so much to learn from people, places, and things. We live in an age of knowledge at our fingertips. We can learn about medical practices done across the centuries on Wikipedia but there is something amazing about actually getting to see it in person. It gets stuck in your memory when you learn about one of the world’s oldest public dissection theatre and see it right in from of you. Our class engaged in a moving conversation about the coldness of dissecting a human being in medical school and what that does for the humanity of a doctor. You can barely get that kind of engagement on the internet. I know I have still so much to learn from the world and I can’t wait for it to open up to me.
Text by Kayla Johnson, photo by Calista Jahn