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Testimonial: Artie Foster, Lake Forest College

Artie Foster

My choice to participate in the ACM London & Florence program was not merely one of the best choices of my college career, but of my entire life. Even though I had been planning on studying abroad since I was in high school, nothing could have prepared me for the excitement, challenges, and rewards this trip would provide to me. Whether the day’s itinerary involved a walking tour of one of Florence’s many historical sites, a trip across the English countryside, or even something as simple as free time to wander on your own, I can honestly say not a day was wasted during my four-month long stay. The cities were beautiful, the people accommodating, the history rich, and the adventures abundant. And don’t even get me started on the food – I don’t want to make anyone jealous, but I’ll never look at an Olive Garden the same way again. However, it wasn’t just the trip itself, but the company you keep that really defines your experience. The 20 students on my trip, though we come from different backgrounds, homes, and social circles, came to love one another like family (whether we liked it or not). It feels as though I could praise the London & Florence program endlessly, but for brevity’s sake, I’ll leave it at this: simply put, it doesn’t get better than this trip.

—Artie Foster, art history and communications major

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