Preserving this cultural material is of paramount importance, but it still presents complex challenges to our society. Conservation professionals are those who embrace these challenges with passion, commitment and dedication. By melding art with science, conservation professionals protect our heritage, preserve our legacy, and ultimately, save our treasures for generations to come.
Future generations should not be deprived of knowing and understanding their history, because priceless artifacts were allowed to fall into disrepair.
The Tech students got to ask the doctors questions about how they do their work and how the health systems in Europe operate. “It was really cool because they even ended up having questions for us,” said Niki Graves, a pre-med student at Tech. “It provided a new perspective on things. We are so used to how things work here and it gave us a lot to think about. I loved it.” Graves is interested in being a surgeon some day and, like many of the students who went on the trip, her interest in healthcare and medicine was only enhanced through the experience. “The Doctors in Italy group taught me a lot more than I initially expected going into it,” said Megan Hill, a nursing student at Tech. “They had a lot of insight and accepted all of our questions openly. ” Hill was especially interested in looking at the nutrition of the Italian population, but said she also learned a lot about how the healthcare system is funded and how that impacts patient care. “It was very eye-opening,” said Paige Barlow, pre-physician assistant student. “It was something I had never thought about before. It was an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget.”