Reflecting on My Time Abroad

  Now that I’m back home in America, there has been a lot of time for reflection on the GBI program itself as well as it’s impact on myself. Since departing in January, I have without a doubt changed greatly as a person, growing to be more independent and comfortable in my own skin. Looking…

How I’ve Grown in Italy

This past semester in Florence has been quite the learning experience, and without a doubt has changed me greatly. After spending so much time away from home in a foreign country, I have certainly gained a bit of self-confidence as well as a sense of independence. There were many times throughout this most recent semester…

What to do in Florence!

Hi all! Today I’m going to provide you all with my personal top 3 things to do while in Florence. Here we go!! Visit the Uffizi Gallery and get All’antico Vinaino for lunch afterwards.  The Uffizi gallery is one of the most visited museums in the world for a reason. The stunning gallery provides a…

Catching Up on my Courses

With only 3 weeks left of my program in Florence, it’s a good time to assess what my classes here are like and how they differ from traditional classes back in America. Without a doubt, there are clear contrasts between the way the classes are run here and the priorities of my professors. There are…

A Journey into the Past!

This past weekend, I embarked on one of the most exciting and stimulating trips I’ve ever gone on in my life. The destination was the stunning Amalfi Coast along with Pompeii, an ancient city in Southern Italy. Pompeii is a city with a storied history that was completely buried in ash and rubble through the…

Q&A Advice for Florence: Part 2

Now that I’ve been living in Italy for nearly 7 weeks, I am going to provide all of you with a guide to studying in Florence! This blog post will tell you the ins and outs to living like a true Florentine and offer advice to make the process of studying abroad go as smooth…

Q&A Advice for Florence

Now that I’ve been living in Italy for nearly 7 weeks, I am going to provide all of you with a guide to studying in Florence! This blog post will tell you the ins and outs to living like a true Florentine and offer advice to make the process of studying abroad go as smooth…

Making Italian Friends!

Without a doubt, one of my favorite parts of living in Florence has been adapting to Italian culture and growing from it. Since I reside about 30 minutes by foot from center city, I get to experience a whole separate Florence than what most tourists are used to. I am so appreciative of this opportunity…

My Classes

So far, my courses here at Florence GBI have been very interesting and unique. We are given a special opportunity to study subjects such as history or art in a city that is often a key focus of the material! For example, in my History of Renaissance Art class this week, we were discussing the…