It has always been my dream to study outside of the United States, and the Studio Arts College International (SACI) program has given me the unique opportunity to do so. In addition, I want to embark on this adventure with my professor, Mr. Brandes, whom I look up to greatly.
My parents also plan to meet me in Italy at the end of my 5-week course, and we will finally be able to achieve a decade-long goal of spending time in the great country that my family lineage is from.
The total cost of the trip includes all tuition, deposits, and housing, and is around $9000. I am paying for the trip myself, dipping into my life savings. I am asking for a humble $4,500. Your donations will help me buy a plane ticket and have money for food while I am there.
Straight from the SACI website, they explain their once-in-a-lifetime undergraduate summer experience as follows:
"SACI's facilities are located in the heart of Florence, just steps away from Michelangelo's Medici Chapel, Fra' Angelico's masterpieces in San Marco, the colorful central market, and Florence's Duomo. Field trips to Pisa, Arezzo, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and Fiesole are a regular part of the program and are open to all late spring and summer students. Art History course field trips visit all the major museums of Florence (including the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Pitti Palace) as well as masterpieces in the churches and monasteries in and around the city.
During the summer months, Florence also offers a remarkable range of cultural and popular events and activities. You can experience the famous Calcio in Costume, during which the different quarters of the city compete in what is considered to be the ancestor of modern soccer. There are also regular outdoor evening film and music festivals, as well as the Estate Fiesolana, which includes concerts, film, and theater held in a Roman amphitheater."
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