Justine Duryea is a member of Marist's M.A. in Museum Studies Class of 2016. She received a BA in French and Francophone Studies from Ithaca College.
Why did you choose the Marist Italy Florence branch campus?
I chose Marist Italy because I knew that Florence would be the perfect place to study museums. I also knew that I wanted to go abroad for an extended period of time.
What is the learning experience like in Florence?
The learning experience in Florence is very hands-on. There are a lot of on-site visits where we get to go behind the scenes and learn about museums from the inside out.
What is your favorite class? Why?
My favorite class has been Museum Spaces and Technologies. I had next to no experience with the subject, and I've learned so much in such a short time. The class has changed the way I look at every museum I visit.
What is your favorite place in Florence? Why?
My favorite place in Florence is Piazzale Michelangelo and the surrounding area. The view is incredible and the gardens nearby are beautiful and relaxing.
What is your least favorite aspect of living in Florence and why?
My least favorite aspect of living in Florence is the tiny sidewalks. And the lack of organized lines when waiting for something. Both can be frustrating.
What type of museum career are you pursuing, or are you planning on earning another degree?
I am pursuing a career revolving around education and public programming. I don't have plans for another degree right now, but perhaps in the future.
What type of internship do you have or plan to have, and where is it located?
My internship will be at the Hill-Stead Museum in Connecticut in the Marketing Department and for the museum's annual Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.
Where have you traveled during your time in Italy?
I have traveled to several places in Italy including Naples and Puglia. Outside of Italy, I have been to Prague, Vienna, Frankfurt, Madrid, Paris, Reims, London, Maastricht, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, and Belgium twice.
What is the most interesting difference between Florence and your home country?
The most interesting difference is people's reaction to the changing seasons. Florentines dress by season - as soon as fall began people started wearing thicker jackets even though the weather, by my standards, was still warm.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering pursuing a Master of Museum Studies degree in Florence?
I would absolutely say do it! The experience is so valuable in ways that go beyond academics. You will grow as a person and learn so much about the world (especially if you travel every chance you get).
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Museum Studies
Academic School: Communication and the Arts