My name is Jessica Merino and I’m a student at Pasadena City College. During my time at PCC, I have worked diligently to absorb as much as possible from each course while pushing myself to grow as an artist and individual. My passion and dedication have allowed me to successfully maintain a 3.9 GPA, have a sculpture featured in the student gallery and most recently, be accepted into PCC’s Florence Study Abroad program.
As an art major, I’ve had the privilege of learning about incredible works of art located in Florence and with each reference given in my art courses, my desire to go there has grown exponentially. The opportunity to study in the birthplace of the Renaissance and physically stand before iconic sculptures, paintings and masterpieces would be invaluable to me. As an Italian-American, studying in Florence will give me the opportunity to trace the footsteps of my ancestors and learn more about the Italian culture and language that was unfortunately not passed down in my family.