Let the adventure begin!

Hello all!

My name is Ortenca Shalsi and I am going into my junior year as a bio-medical sciences major and a minor in criminology. I will be studying abroad in Florence, Italy for summer B. I have had a passion for traveling since a very young age and have explored many parts of Europe such as France and England but have never gotten the chance to visit Italy that has been on my bucket list forever. My goal is to complete my undergrad at USF and then continue to optometry school to become an eye doctor. In Italy, I will be taking a food and culture class alongside a biochemistry class.

I look forward to the variety of cultural differences I will encounter, exploring new cities, and adapting to a different way of life for the summer. This six-week program will allow me to be determined and challenged academically and environmentally as everything will be new to me.

Being a recipient of the Genshaft/Greenbaum scholarship has given me the ability to experience a once in a lifetime oppurtunity that I will forever be grateful for. Only 4 more days till I begin my journey this summer in Europe!

See you soon

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