My name is Myra Wong, and I am a senior double majoring in public relations and political science with a concentration in race, gender and class. I chose the charming city of Florence, Italy for my study abroad experience because I wanted to immerse myself in a culture that was completely different from my own. I wanted to experience being in a country where I did not know the language or customs.

While in Florence, I took artistic courses, such as observational drawing and the sound of art. Florence is a very artistic city, and the SU Florence program has an impressive set of studio art classes for non-majors like me.

While in Florence, I had the opportunity to travel to eight different countries. I was able to visit France and Monaco through the school’s I-explore program. From the cultural riches of France to the glamor of Monaco, each destination taught me more about the country, the culture and myself.

During my stay in Italy, I resided with a kind and welcoming host family, where every day was a celebration of Italian culture. From engaging conversations about Italian traditions to relishing traditional Italian dishes, my immersion in the local lifestyle was nothing short of enriching.

Studying abroad was more than just academic exploration; it was a journey of personal growth and self-discovery. Navigating through unfamiliar territories taught me invaluable lessons in independence, resilience, and cultural adaptability. I learned to embrace challenges with an open mind and a spirit of curiosity, fostering a deeper understanding of cultural diversity.

One of the most important realizations from my time abroad was of my passion for international affairs and global diplomacy. Immersing myself in European politics and observing different systems of governance inspired a new desire to contribute to the global community. Since my return to campus, I have been actively pursuing opportunities that align with this new aspiration.

Myra Wong ’24

Syracuse Florence

Public Relations & Political Science