Firenze Bound!

Welcome to my Florence adventure! My name is Jensen Constantino. I am a junior majoring in Marketing and Human Resources Management. At Pitt, I am an active member of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, Kappa Delta Sorority Xi Chapter, and CHAARG. My hometown, Punxsutawney (the Weather Capital of the World), will always be near and dear to my heart. You can bet I’ll be celebrating Groundhog Day abroad! This upcoming summer I will be working at DICK’S Sporting Goods in their Corporate Merchandising Internship Program.

This is my second time traveling to Europe. After my freshman year at Pitt, I had the incredible opportunity to take part in Pitt Plus 3, studying the supply chain of fashion in Milan. During this two-week span, our group traveled to Florence for a few days. I fell in love with the city and all that it had to offer. Two days were not nearly enough time to truly experience the Florence culture and way of life. I promised myself that I would get back, and here I am!

I am truly passionate  for all things food! I can’t wait to immerse myself in the Italian and European cuisine. How many flavors of gelato can I try in four months? Stay tuned to find out! I have a food Instagram account that will be exploding with photos of incredible eats.

I am also an avid runner and cannot wait to experience running in Italy. This past year I ran two full marathons and would love to run a half marathon somewhere in Europe this spring. With all the gelato, pizza, and pasta I’ll be consuming, I’m going to need to keep up with my cardio!

Here are some things that I’m looking forward during my adventures in Europe:

  • Learning the Italian language
  • Eating like true Italians (and by this, I mean taking the time to really sit down, relax, and enjoy the food and company at dinner)
  • Becoming a more independent, well-versed traveler
  • Running new, beautiful trails
  • Shopping at markets
  • My International Marketing course
  • Going to Easter mass at the Vatican
  • Spending less time on my phone
  • Taking classes and learning in a whole new environment
  • Making new friends from Pitt and other schools
  • Buying some real Italian leather
  • Sipping coffee/espresso in cute cafes
  • Seeing how business is done in other countries
  • Gaining a greater self-confidence

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous to study abroad. I’ve never left my family, my friends, or the country for a 4-month span. I over pack for a weekend – how in the world do I pack an entire semester’s worth of clothing and shoes in a single piece of luggage? What happens if I break my glasses (or a tooth)? How do I budget all of my expenses? This is also my first birthday without my parents. While there are many doubts and nerves, the pros clearly outweigh the cons.

On January 11th, 2018, I am beginning the adventure of a lifetime. This is something I’ll share with my children and grandchildren one day. I have an entire semester to fully live the European lifestyle, and I plan on making every second of it count. I can’t wait to share my adventures and photos with you!