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Studying Medicine In Italian

Nicole, Class of 2021, fell in love with Europe on her travels there and now is amazingly studying medicine in Italy - in Italian!  


Where are you now?
Siena, Italy. Università degli studi Siena

What are you studying? What is your field of study/major?
Medicine and Surgery.

What was your favorite class so far?
Anatomy I

What was your least favorite class so far?

What part of university life do you enjoy the most?
First of all I'm studying medicine in my third language: Italian. I love my university and to study for what I always dreamed about doing for the rest of my life, saving people. I love understanding how our body is perfect in all senses and how crazy and interesting some diseases we have can be. I love to understand how the machines work in the hospital environment. In my first year of medical school I had an internship in the hospital and from the second year on I have only had classes at the hospital. 

Outside of your studies, what’s the one thing that you are really enjoying or most excited about these days?
I love traveling. Actually, when I left NIS I thought I was going to return to Brazil, but when I came to Europe I loved this continent. That's why I decided to take the admission test to the medical schools in Italy, and I passed.

What’s the one thing you miss most about Japan/ Nagoya/ NIS? 
From Japan, I miss convenience stores! It's so good to know that we have somewhere to shop that is open 24h. My parents still live in Switzerland, so when I go to Switzerland I get very sad because everything closes at 6pm and nothing is open on Sundays. 
From Nagoya, I miss going to Sakae, shopping, and eating a lot!
From NIS I miss my friends. I hope one day I have the opportunity to meet with them again.

Lastly, what words of wisdom do you have for your schoolmates still at NIS?
Sometimes it can be hard, and sometimes you have this feeling of giving up but you should be resilient! The best life is for those who struggle deeply. Never give up, invest in yourself and your dreams now so as not to regret later.