Developing Skills from Opportunities

Nearing the end of my program I have begun to reflect upon how studying abroad in Italy has been a transformative experience that has not only broadened my worldview but has also helped me to develop numerous soft skills that are invaluable in today’s globalized world. The opportunity to interact with locals and travelers from different cultures has challenged my biases and assumptions and has helped me become more empathetic, adaptable, and confident.

Living in a foreign country requires a high degree of adaptability and problem-solving skills. Being in Florence I have had to navigate different cultural norms, language barriers, and unfamiliar routines. This experience has helped me become more flexible and open-minded, which are essential qualities in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world.  Adapting to a new environment, new social norms, and new academic expectations has been challenging, but it has taught me how to be more resilient and how to find creative solutions to unexpected challenges.

Furthermore, interacting with locals, travelers, and my classmates has allowed me to sharpen my communication and interpersonal skills. Communicating with people from different backgrounds requires an empathetic approach and a willingness to listen and learn from others. I have learned to appreciate different perspectives and communicate my ideas effectively, which has been invaluable in both my personal and professional life. Being surrounded by people who speak a different language and have different customs and traditions has pushed me out of my comfort zone and has forced me to communicate in a new way. I have had to learn to be patient and use creative methods to convey my thoughts and ideas effectively.

Finally, studying abroad in Italy has allowed me to challenge my identity and grow as an individual. By immersing myself in a new culture, I have been able to reflect on my biases and assumptions and learn more about myself. I have gained a deeper understanding of my own cultural identity and have become more confident in my abilities to navigate unfamiliar situations. I am also more aware of how my cultural identity shapes the way I perceive and interact with the world.

So far, studying abroad in Florence has been an unforgettable experience that has helped me to develop numerous soft skills, including adaptability, communication, empathy, and confidence. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, I highly recommend it as a way to grow both personally and professionally.