Nichole McCarty is a member of Marist's M.A. in Museum Studies Class of 2018. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Academy of Art University.
Why did you choose the Marist Italy Florence branch campus?
For a museum studies student, this is the absolute best place because of the world-class museums, international guest lecturers, and conferences available.
What is the learning experience like in Florence?
As a museum studies student, we had guest lecturers every month in different classes and often went on site visits to museums and gardens.
What is your favorite class? Why?
Hands down my favorite class was History of Collecting with Maia Gahtan. We studied the beginnings of museums to museums today and their problems. I really enjoyed the active discussions we had in class and each student's short analysis of the readings.
What is your favorite place in Florence? Why?
The Bargello! As a sculptor myself, the collection is well curated and stunning as well as the building's fascinating history.
What is your least favorite aspect of living in Florence and why?
Tourist season can make it difficult to get around and you have to plan accordingly to get to classes.
What type of museum career are you pursuing, or are you planning on earning another degree?
In the very far future, I will consider getting my Ph.D. but for now, I will be entering the education and public programs department.
What type of internship do you have or plan to have, and where is it located?
I plan on writing my thesis in the summer, but for the fall I have applied to several education positions with art museums around the United States as it relates to my thesis goals.
Where have you traveled during your time in Italy?
Everywhere, haha! I've been to Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, England, Scotland, and Ireland, as well as dozens of gorgeous villages and cities around Italy.
What is the most interesting difference between Florence and your home country?
So many things but I would have to say the pace of life or as the Italians call is piano piano, meaning little by little. The expression piano piano, has a special place in my heart and I am sad that I will be leaving this state of mind when I return home.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering pursuing a Master of Museum Studies degree in Florence?
Start studying Italian yesterday!
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Class of 2018
Major: Museum Studies
Academic School: Communication and the Arts