Amanda Tremmel is a member of Marist's M.A. in Museum Studies Class of 2016. She received a BA in Art History from the University of Utah.
Why did you choose the Marist Italy Florence branch campus?
I chose the Marist Italy Florence branch campus because the MA in Museum Studies program that they offer allowed me to study my passion in the country that I love.
What is the learning experience like in Florence?
The learning experience in Florence is extremely rich in terms of cultural, historical, art, and so much more! Students are able to study the organization and development of Italian museums in the actual museum space and are asked to directly apply this knowledge to course assignments and thesis research.
What is your favorite class? Why?
My favorite class in the MA in Museum Studies program was Spaces and Technologies taught by Professor Catitti. This class incorporated hands-on learning into exhibition space and design which will be extremely useful in the future in the workplace.
What is your favorite place in Florence? Why?
My favorite place in Florence...well I love everything in the city! But I would have to say some of my favorite places are Ponte Santa Trinita at night outside Palazzo Pitti during the day and the patio in the Marist housing. I love these locations because they are all relaxing and are great places to people watch!
What is your least favorite aspect of living in Florence and why?
There isn't necessarily anything I dislike about Florence but one aspect I don't appreciate sometimes is being approached by vendors on the streets.
What type of museum career are you pursuing, or are you planning on earning another degree?
After I earn this degree I plan to work in a museum in the curatorial field. I also plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Art History after I have gained some museum experience.
What type of internship do you have or plan to have, and where is it located?
I plan to intern at the Bargello, the museum of Renaissance sculpture, in Florence.
Where have you traveled during your time in Italy?
I love Italy so much that the only time I left the country was for the class trip to Frankfurt in October of the first semester. I love to travel in Italy, however, and some places I have visited are Cortona, Puglia with the MA program, Sicily, and of course, my favorite, Siena.
What is the most interesting difference between Florence and your home country?
I think the most interesting difference between Florence and America is the richness of the culture. In Florence, there are many traditions, which date back as early as the medieval period, that are still practiced today. I also love the Florentine mentality of appreciating this culture and history by enjoying everything in the moment.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering pursuing a Master of Museum Studies degree in Florence?
My advice would be to take every opportunity that you can because one year in Florence may seem like a long time but, in reality, the experience will be over before you know it. Join in on the Florentine mentality and enjoy every second of every day to the fullest!
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Museum Studies
Academic School: Communication and the Arts