If I were to become a permanent resident here in Florence I would most certainly want to live in the neighborhoods surrounding the city. Living outside of the city center would be far more relaxing and quiet than living in the city center. I would love to continue working with Studio Bigazzi, Santi e Associati, the work I have done there already was interesting and relevant to my area of study. Additionally, it is a small firm where everybody knows each other. I would love to become further involved with the rowing club here in Florence.
If I had to suggest something to my past self at the start of the program, it would be to take every chance to go out and explore a new place. There is so much to see here and so little time to do it, I would recommend to take advantage of every single opportunity.
The most valuable skill that I learned from my internship was cultural competence. Cultural competence is the ability to understand and observe how other cultures may differ from your native culture and to admit that there are certain differences that you do not know. Rather than pretending that you know all there is to know about a foreign culture, approach it with an open mind because there are definitely differences that have no way of knowing.
And lastly, to anyone who is reading this who is considering study abroad, do it. It is such an amazing opportunity to experience a new culture and see how those people live. The places you see and memories you make while studying abroad will be with you forever. And the skills that you learn will be incredibly valuable for your professional life. It isn’t an opportunity that everyone gets, so if you have the chance, take it.