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…

Overcoming Obstacles Overseas

Ciao from Firenze! It’s hard to believe that I have already been here for a month! Adjusting to my life in Florence has been smooth. However, with any new experience, there are always going to be things that are uncomfortable and take time to adapt to. Something that has been challenging is adjusting to this…

Italian Dream or Reality

Traveling and living abroad seems like a scene from out of a movie- beautiful architecture, amazing food and having the opportunity traveling. There are a lot of challenges that this situation presents as well. Blending in and understanding a new culture is a difficult task and can feel a bit intimidating at time. Working abroad…

Navigating Life in a New City

Navigating Life “Mind management and time management.” This was a piece of advice someone offered me before traveling to Sydney and it has stuck with me during my time here. One of the aspects of studying abroad in Australia is finding balance between living in an entirely new atmosphere while still maintaining goals and consistency…

Appreciating The Growth Within The Struggles

I am officially half way through my program and although I have faced some struggles, I have learned so much about myself and have grown in ways I couldn’t even imagine before getting here!  To discuss some of my struggles, I think two of the parts of Italy’s culture that I am struggling to assimilate…