As much as we hate to admit it, our fall semester is quickly coming to a close. With just a few weeks left ahead of them, we asked four physical theatre students to reflect on the things they’ll miss most about their experience abroad. Read on to hear from Karina, Becca, Ashlyn, and Patrick!
Karina Fox (Muhlenberg College, PA)
I have enjoyed my time at the Accademia more then I ever could have imagined! It’s almost impossible to pick what I am going to miss the most, but it just might be the classes. Every class has taught me so much and it makes me so sad that we only have a few left. Whether it’s Movement, Voice, Commmedia, Philosophy, or Vocal Improv, we leave every class with new discoveries about what it means to be an artist. I am going to cherish the last weeks I have here!
Becca Canziani (Muhlenberg College, PA)
I cannot believe the semester is so close to being done! There are so many things about this place that I’m going to miss, but if I had to pick one it’s the feeling of community. I’m always surrounded by love and support here, no matter if I’m performing during class or just hanging out in the living room. We are a family here, and I know that this feeling of community is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before, which will make leaving it so hard. We can have a good time doing anything, whether it’s having random movie nights or dance parties or working on scenes or homework. We’ve created so much together and we’ve grown together. I’ve never felt more safe and free to be me than in this place with these people.
Ashlyn Wells (Southern Arkansas University, AR)
This week at the Accadamia we got to try our hand at mask making. Needless to say molding dead cow skin into a Commedia mask is a lot of work, but the results are fantastic! It was a great educational experience and I love my new mask.
Patrick Moore (Muhlenberg College, PA)
I know exactly what I am going to miss most about the villa. The people. Not just my fellow students, who I could not be more happy with. We’ve grown so much since we first stepped foot off the bus. With those I knew before, I can sincerely say I consider myself much better friends. With those I did not know, I know that I have gained friendships for life. I love you all. It’s not just them though. It’s also the professors. They have been a godsend. I have learned so much about my body, my voice and myself. It’s also the staff. I have felt welcome and like a part of the family since day one. I will miss Italy, of course, but I will miss the people I have met here even more.