Florence Conclusion

The opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy for my spring semester was absolutely amazing. This program provided me with so many great experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom. The classes I took built on my previous knowledge of the subjects and showed how those subjects are applied elsewhere in the world, what…

Wow – What a Tremendous Experience!

In Florence, I learned basic conversational Italian, developed a better appreciation for the arts and art history, learned about interesting International Finance topics (such as foreign exchange markets), and met amazing people.  I experienced over 25 museums throughout Italy and Europe, and saw 9 Italian cities and towns (Florence, Rome, Sienna, San Gimignano, Palermo, Venice,…

To Permanently Live in Florence

If I were to permanently live in Florence, I would want to live on the south side of the Arno.  This area is generally less crowded and is home to some of Florence’s best restaurants and trades shops.  Ideally, I could work in some area of the arts, while still utilizing my finance degree.  For…

Ciao Ciao for Now

If I were to describe my international experience using only one word, the one most fitting would have to be ‘fulfilling.’ And it was, in every way. Broken down into three parts, after my semester of exploring Italy and other European countries, I see fulfillment and growth in myself academically, professionally, and personally. Academically, I…

Ciao Firenze!

After an extra week of travelling, and a hectic rush to watch my brother graduate from Pitt, I am FINALLY back home …and boy, does it feel good. (I don’t think I have ever seen my dog happier.) My time in Florence was so special and will have a lasting impact on my life. I…

Top 3 Firenze

The semester is wrapping up and I have gone from depending on Google Maps to successfully giving directions to others – wait for it – in Italian! I have hosted friends and family from home and have gotten great reviews as a tour guide (just check on tripadvisor, tips not included). Here are my top…

Ciao For Now

I’ve been home for a little over a week now and it is so bittersweet.  Being so far away gave me a new appreciation for home. There’s nothing like the comfort of your own bed and being close to friends and family.  I’ve missed random things like driving, trashy reality TV, and super-sized coffee. While…

Permanent Florentine

If I permanently moved to Florence, I would want to live in an apartment across the river in the Santo Spirito area.  That area is a little further from all of the tourist attractions around the Duomo, but it is still in the city center.  It is within walking distance to plenty of restaurants and…

The Best of Florence

Welcome to Florence, I’ll be your tour guide today!  I’ll tell you all about the best sights, food, and places to shop.  Of course the number one sight to see is the Duomo. It is the main structure that you can see in the Florence “skyline.”  It is the most beautiful church I’ve ever seen,…