As a designer I must learn to identify and adapt to environments, with this came the Milan Expo. This was an experience unparalleled to any other. It influenced my analytical skills in architecture and how every detail has a purpose. With this unique worldview I was able to single out the different elements and principles of design with a trained eye. Through the exposure of transferrable skills, I was able to function and adapt to Italian lifestyles, grow independently and engage with locals. Overall, the illumination of the cultural aspects of living on ones own in a foreign country further developed my identity as a designer.