Study Abroad Photo Contest Winner: New Perspective of a Semester in Florence

Molly Snyder’s photo was one of the big vote-getters from this year’s annual Study Abroad Photo Contest sponsored by the Center for Global Education. Molly had participated in CGE’s “Semester in Florence” last spring. She is a senior at Mason, studying Art History. Molly had been abroad once before during high school and was eager to go again. After hearing about the semester program in Italy, she decided to apply. 

In Florence, she took a total of 15 credits which included classes in Italian, the History of the Mafia, Art History, and a course on Dante’s Divine Comedy. Mason professor, John Farina, taught one of those courses. Molly visited San Miniato al Monte during one of the many class field trips, a beautiful basilica located uphill from Piazzale Michelangelo in the city of Florence. She returned later on one of her free weekends to take photos. 

The award-winning picture was one of many she’d taken from various angles. Although she had no formal training in photography, she loved her new camera. Molly had tons of fun snapping random shots from San Miniato and seeing how they’d turn out. She chose to submit this photo because she liked the close up of the statue’s face which framed the Duomo Cathedral in the background. 

While Molly may be leaving George Mason after graduation next spring, the memories from her study abroad experience will stay with her always. She encourages everyone to study abroad, to gain the confidence of knowing “you can!”  

There are still openings on the Semester in Florence this spring 2013! Contact [log in to unmask]">Erin Mateu at [log in to unmask] or 703.993.3864 to learn more. Don’t delay as the deadline to apply is October 5th, 2012.

Note:  Look for three more features on other CGE Photo Contest winners!
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