Sheila Daniels

As a recipient of a CICS study abroad grant during the summer of 2008, international studies minor Sheila Daniels, from Brighton, Michigan, lived and took classes at the Villa Corsi-Salviati in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy. She studied art history, architecture, and Italian culture. Sheila’s future career plans are to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a dentist, and her strong interest in culture and travel led her to minor in International Studies. She says the minor provided a much-needed departure from her heavy science load as a neuroscience major. She summed up her study abroad experience with, “It is amazing how the lifestyle in Italy is so different from in the U.S. Italians eat large lunches and smaller dinners, which is opposite for Americans. As Americans we take some things for granted—such as ice and free water at restaurants. Knowing about a foreign culture makes me more confident, and makes me want to visit Italy again. My life in Italy not only opened my eyes to a different culture, but pushed me to understand myself better as well. I didn’t know I was capable of hiking the most strenuous trail in Cinque Terre or climbing 1,000 plus steps to the top of Duomo in Florence. Knowing what I am capable of, and holding those memories close to my heart has made me a stronger person. I will be entering the fall semester with a fresh zeal and I am so thankful to have been able to have had this life-changing experience.”