Alexa Comuniello is a member of Marist's M.A. in Museum Studies Class of 2016. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Marist. She is currently interning at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in Manhattan in their Development Operations department.
Why did you choose the Marist Italy Florence branch campus?
Florence is the birthplace of museums and the city has been called an open-air museum in itself. The educational experience here is incomparable to any other city for that reason.
What is the learning experience like in Florence?
You feel like you’re learning something every second, both in and out of class. Marist and LdM bring in professionals and respected scholars on a regular basis. It’s like being taught by museum rockstars.
What is your favorite class? Why?
My favorite class was Transcultural Aesthetics and Cultural Bias with Emanuela Rossi. It makes you look at museums and their content in a critical way. This course makes you appreciate these institutions for what they are and what they aim to accomplish.
What is your favorite place in Florence? Why?
Piazza Santa Maria Novella is my favorite spot in the city, especially in the spring when the flowers are blooming. You know that you’re in a Renaissance square.
What is your least favorite aspect of living in Florence and why?
Dodging tour groups on your way to class can be frustrating, but it helps to remind yourself that people take vacations to see the city where you’re living.
What type of museum career are you pursuing, or are you planning on earning another degree?
Eventually, I would like to get my Ph.D. in art history and pursue a career in curatorship. For now, I am interested in development departments in cultural institutions.
Where have you traveled during your time in Italy?
Over the year I have traveled to England, Ireland, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and some Italian cities.
What is the most interesting difference between Florence and your home country?
Piano piano. Italians have no sense of urgency. They know how to balance work and play.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering pursuing a Master of Museum Studies degree in Florence?
Anyone considering this degree program should know that they are coming into a fully immersive educational and cultural experience. You will constantly be learning and living and learning to live. Italy is unpredictable—learn to go with the flow!
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Major: Museum Studies
Academic School: Communication and the Arts