Hello all! My name is Anna Hemminger and I’m a third-year biomedical sciences major at USF. Being a BMS major, I figured that the USF Science in Florence program would be the perfect opportunity for me. I was lucky to receive the GCP Study Abroad which partially funded this trip!
A couple fun facts about me include that I am originally from Iowa, and moved to Florida for high school! I am also fluent in Russian because of my mother.
In Italy I will be taking Biochemistry as well as an Italian healthcare class that will be delivered through the honors college. My biggest academic goal is to make it to medical school, so by shadowing physicians in Italy as well as learning about its healthcare system, I will undoubtedly gain invaluable global experience in regards to health. Likewise, I will be writing a book chapter about pain management and palliative care which will allow me to interact with Italy on an even deeper level. This book chapter will allow me to see deeper into several fields such as geriatrics and oncology.
I have had a lot of experience traveling in Europe in the past; however, my visits have always been with my family and no longer than a week. Since I still live at home, this will be the longest period of time I have ever been away from my parents. This in itself is something challenging, let alone having it be in a foreign country! I am expecting to learn a lot about myself, as well as how to live on my own and get along with roommates. Surely there will be struggles along the way, but I am confident that I will come back a better person with wisdom that I wouldn’t have gained without the help of this program. As I’m writing this in the airport, I’m thinking about how when I wake up, I will be in a different country. I am very excited, and I would once again like to thank the GCP for funding part of my international experience.