Live in the moment

“Studying abroad changed my life.” This quote may be one of the most stereotypical expressions of students who come home after studying abroad, yet it is impossible to deny that studying abroad changes a person’s life. I intentionally planned this semester abroad. All the details of my life (which so far had been a “typical”…

Some Salient Self-Reflection

Dear self, while I know that you normally hate cliches, I think in saying studying abroad has changed my life for the better, would perfectly sum up my time here! In the last two months I have learned so much about the culture of Florence, and how to properly navigate the world as an international…

Shaping A Cultural Identity

Having the opportunity to come abroad meant being exposed to new cultures and people, which meant learning new habits and ways of life that were unfamiliar from what I was used to. I knew that working and living abroad would be an amazing learning experience, but I also expected challenges to arise from this unfamiliar…

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…

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…

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…

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…