A Letter to My Past Self: Get Excited to Study Abroad!

Dear Pre-London Emily, You are going to have the time of your life abroad in London! I know that you’re worried about getting lost on the tube and being away from your dog for a couple of months but the experiences that you will have are like no other. One thing that you should absolutely…

My Dream Home in Florence

If I had an opportunity to become a full-time resident of my study abroad location, then I would want to live a little north of the city center in a small place just for myself with a fire place much like the one in the picture. The type of place you can have your friends…

My expectations

I had a few expectations coming to Florence. I expected to get all A’s. I want to get an A in finance, luckily, I have an A in finance as of now and will keep working at fulfilling this destiny. A little bit of studying never hurt abroad. I think I need to tone down…

The Best Pizza in Florence

I have done a lot of traveling during my time abroad, even outside of Italy. One of my favorite trips was the time I went to Paris, France. I bought a luggage just for this trip because I thought for sure I would bring back lots of clothes and souvenirs. Little did I know that…

The Hardships of Studying in London

It’s insane to think that I have less than a month left in my study abroad experience. I have made many new friends, learned a lot, and had a lot of fun. Through all of this, I have also faced a couple of hardships. Recently I have started to feel homesick, which is a new…

Ciao Italy, It’s Time For Spring Break!

For our week-long spring break, four of my roommates, myself, and two of our friends spent a week in Italy. We visited Rome, Naples, Pompeii, and Positano and Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast. Italy has always been somewhere that I have wanted to vacation in, and I was extremely glad to have a big group…

London: A Learning Experience

I have learned a lot about myself after spending about two months in London. Three of the biggest takeaways that I have from the first two months of my study abroad experience are: try new things, don’t be afraid to do things by yourself, and embrace the experience. As cliché as it sounds, this trip…

Taking the Tube to Soho!

Transportation was a huge concern of mine when I first was accepted to study abroad in London. The buses in Pittsburgh were relatively easy to figure out, due to the fact that the stops were clearly labelled, and the drivers are always nice when I ask them questions. My fear of getting lost in London…