Ashleigh’s Page


Hi! My name is Ashleigh, and I’m from Arcadia, CA. I’m a Psychology major with a minor in Sociology. The opportunity to study abroad is an absolute dream come true for me! I am so excited to see, try, and explore just about everything I possibly can. I think the experience and knowledge I gain from this will be something I carry and share forever. I want to give a HUGE thank you to the donors for making this happen! There’s no way I could have this experience without your help. ​

3 Responses to Ashleigh’s Page

  1. Ashleigh says:

    What I studied in the Arts of Rome course that I look forward to viewing and analyzing in Italy:

    Reflection on Raffaello’s School of Athens shown to us in class:

    I really liked Raffaello’s School of Athens. I like that it is a combination of past and present. It is full of what we consider the great minds of practically forever. I think it is interesting that people alive in that time period were included. This is because people do not really get the accolades they deserve until after death. I find it fascinating that they were able to find the extraordinary while in some ways they were still making a name for themselves.
    It is a mixture of past and present, not only in people included but in the details as well. It all seems to kind of be in the details. The statues are Roman, changes in clothing over time, the floor, the arches, the ceiling, and to me even the sky show different time periods. I think this is such a prolific work because of all the details not just because of the people in work. I think Raffaello did a great job in including all these details because it shows progression, and how there is always a starting point. The starting point may be rough, but from there you can build. I think Raffaello definitely builds upon the past in this work, shows the present, and gives a nod to the future. I love that this work has so much going on, and seems to have depth instead of being flat.

  2. Ashleigh says:

    Pre – reading for Italy.

    I chose to read Machiavelli by Ross King and The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. I chose these works because I had heard of home before and because, probably his most well known quote, “It is better to be feared than loved.” I had heard of the quote before and was just really curious about him. Reading the two works was a bit of an eye opener. The book about Machiavelli showed how he was as a thinker but also the kind of man he was as well. I think this was important because we have just memorialized him as a great mind and thinker. He was a guy that had great thoughts and a lot of answers. We forget that he was just a man, and a man has faults. We can’t just see the great and not think about the real person behind that. It is because of that regular person with his life experiences that we get what is considered great. In The Prince, I got to read a lot more than his most well known quote. It’s also better to have read the entire work than just believe that the one quote was his entire view. He thought he had the answers on how to rule because he was sent many times to different ‘princes’ in order to smooth things over. The Prince is I think his manual on how to rule successfully and in some areas he discusses the options a prince may have. I found both works extremely interesting.

  3. Dad says:

    I hope you are taking it all in and creating memories of a lifetime! Love You

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