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…

My Final Day in Europe

Today was my last day in Europe, and just so happened to be my 21st birthday. After the ending of my program in Florence, I traveled to Rome, Venice, Florence, and finally Paris. I don’t think it has hit me yet that this is my final night before returning to my life in the states….

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…

Reverse Culture Shock

I have not yet returned home, but I am worried about reverse culture shock when I do. Everyone I spoke to told me about the initial culture shock I would feel when I arrived in Italy, but a lot of people don’t talk about the reverse culture shock. It’s more than going home and being…

Traveling with Family vs Friends

April 21 was a beautiful and sad day all in one, as I said farewell to my friends from all over the country and set off to meet my family in Rome. I knew I would be returning to Florence with my family, so thankfully it was not quite my time to say goodbye to…

The Final Stretch

It is so bittersweet to be saying goodbye to Florence, a city that has welcomed me with open arms. Over the past three months, I can truly say that Florence has become my home. I cross the Ponte Vecchio, stroll through the Piazza di Santa Croce, and admire the duomo not as a tourist, but…

Final Reflections

My time abroad is coming to an end. I have 4 days left in my beautiful city of Florence. I see myself crying multiple times this week. I cannot put into words how incredible my experience studying abroad has been. I have learned so much about myself and have grown immensely as a person. They…

My Biggest Challenge Abroad

Study abroad is not all sunshine and rainbows. Although I have had the most incredible experience, there have definitely been some tough times and problems I’ve had to overcome. I would say the greatest challenge that I faced was during my spring break trip. I arrived in Scotland on Monday morning and was supposed to…

Cinque Terre

My favorite place to visit in Italy is Cinque Terre. Made up of five towns on the water, Cinque Terre is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a relaxing beach day. It’s an easy two hour train ride from Florence, and you can even stop in Pisa on the way to check…