Fear of the Unknown

I think everyone has a little bit of fear surrounding the unknown and what “could be”. Coming into my international internship and this global experience as a whole, this fear is exactly what plagued my thoughts. I didn’t know anyone on my program except for one person, and I had no prior knowledge of the…

My Skills Abroad

As my semester has progressed, my soft skills have gained a whole lot of attention. The soft skill that I feel has been most worked on that maybe had not of been as focused on had I not been abroad, was teamwork. Although when I say teamwork, I mean beyond just the classroom. For me,…

Checking in From Vienna!

So far all of my classes have been amazing. I am taking all major classes while being here which include Responsible Consumer Behavior, Sustainable Tourism, Corporate Finance, International Macroeconomics and Marketing Analytics. They are all really great so far but very different from what I am used to in the US.  To start, all of…

Skills of Studying Abroad

When I first landed in Europe, I said “I can’t believe I’ll be here for months.” Although “months” sounds like a long time, in reality I am in Italy for 100 days. As I reach the 50 day mark, it is amazing to look back on the competencies that studying and living in Florence that…

Planning to Adapt

Adaptability has become the name of the game while studying abroad. Even with all the planning in the world, things are bound to go wrong, and you have to be willing to go with the flow of the situation. As someone who treats making an itinerary like a hobby, this has proven to be a…

Adapting To The Italian Work Culture

This semester I am interning at 440 Industries in Florence, Italy as a Content Specialist Intern. After completing over half of my internship here in Florence, Italy I have already developed soft and hard skills.  The biggest soft skills I have developed are my time management and my cultural intelligence. It has been very difficult…

Gaining Savvy Skills through Study Abroad

In addition to having a once in a lifetime experience of living in Italy for 3 months, the cherry on top of studying abroad is that your portfolio of transferable soft and hard professional skills will flourish. Right off the bat, my time management skills have been put to the test. Juggling my work and…

Cultural Learning in Australia

The skills I have gained already in Australia are incomparable to those of which I could learn back home. The most impactful skills I have attained is cultural awareness and adaptability. Australia is extremely aware and proactive when it comes to appreciating indigenous rights and individual differences. It has been something that has resonated with…

Fitting French

I certainly have heard the common American view of the French being somewhat uninviting, but that was about as much as I knew to expect upon moving to France. Although I don’t find this judgement to be entirely accurate, at times it certainly holds some standing. I think the most challenging thing for me was…