Jennie taught physics and chemistry in English with an emphasis on hands-on experimental methods to high school students of the Liceo Scientifico da Vinci. She taught three classes and was pleased by the level of enthusiasm the students showed for her experiments: “During the gelato lab, everybody had a fun time and learned a lot of chemistry. The students started to come of their shells and interact with me.”
Before this experience, Jennie was only mildly interested in teaching and planned to get her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering for a career in research. “After this experience, I now want to be a professor at a university.”
Jennie describes her two host families as wonderful and gracious. “I really bonded with them– I felt like they took me in as one of their own. I traveled with them on the weekends to Milano, Cremona, Crema and Soncino,” she says.
“With an open mind and an empty stomach, I was able to really absorb everything Italy had to offer. I learned so much about myself, about people, and about the universality of different cultures. My exposure to a new culture, new people, and a new way of life has really opened my mind.”