Bridgit Smith

International Experience Country:
Italy
Cohort Year:
2021
Home Institution:

University of Pittsburgh | Bradford

Heinz Programming Area:
Creativity
Bio:
My name is Bridgit Smith, I am a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. I am a Sociology major and have a minor in Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies. I am hoping to work in the humanitarian field in the future. In my free time I enjoy art, music, museums, and traveling. I believe the VIH program will help me gain new perspectives and experiences I can utilize in both my career and life. 
International Experience Summary:

Bridgit Smith spent a little over a month this past summer virtually studying in Florence, Italy. She studied Italian culture and fashion at the Florence University of the Arts. During her time taking courses she was able to broaden her horizon on other cultures and traditions; as well as learn some new and useful Italian phrases. While taking courses she was able to genuinely connect with her professors and exchange different cultural practices and experiences that allowed for deeper conversation, as well as the ability to understand different perspectives.

Through her Italian Fashion course, Bridgit was able to discover a new passion within the expression of oneself through fashion in addition to having learned about the rich history of Italian fashion. She was able to take virtual tours, where she would view a variety of different shops and learn about their unique history. She was also given the opportunity to create her own tours of interest where she stayed and present them to her class. Through this experience, Bridgit was able to learn about Italy's rich history and culture in conjunction with strengthening her leadership skills and her skillset for working in an online setting. As Bridgit returns to her campus for her Senior year she is excited to apply what she learned “abroad” into her own practice and life.