Arrivederci Firenze

I can not believe that my semester in Florence has come to an end. The weeks I spent in this city have flown by. I am certainly a changed person. I was able to learn and take classes that I would not have been able to take in Pittsburgh. In my Renaissance Art History class,…

A Bittersweet Goodbye

Well, everyone, we’ve made it to the end. If you told me back in January that I would ever reach this point, I would have never believed you. The possibilities were endless, and the memories were yet to be made. It was just me and my google translate against the world. Now I’m sitting in…

Hello Cultural Competency!

Soft skills, hard skills. Recruiters want them, we got them.  This program has been an amazing opportunity to grow both my personal and professional skills.              In the sense of my internship at the digital marketing agency, I have had the chance to develop my skills in a new and exciting environment. The soft skills that I…

Dear Sophie, you’re going to love it.

Where do I start? First of all, Italians are not nearly as scary as you thought they were going to be. Most of the time when you try and speak broken Italian to them, they will smile and are always willing to help you. You don’t need to be perfect, just need to be respectful…

Adapting to Italian Culture and Business

Hi everyone! After living here in Italy for a couple weeks, I finally feel as if I’m really finding my groove. I have learned and observed that Italians take life a lot slower than we do back in America. I, for one, am totally embracing this mindset. Cappuccinos in the morning, walks in the afternoon,…

Classes in Florence!

Taking classes in Florence has been so different than any other courses I have taken. I am currently in four courses: Exploring and Analyzing the Global City of Florence (Global), Renaissance Art History, Elementary Italian, and International Marketing. All the courses I am taking integrate Florence is so many different ways which creates a unique…

To Carolyne

To Carolyne, You have truly grown so much from this once in a lifetime experience. I know before you left you were nervous to move to a new city without knowing anyone or knowing what to expect. You feared the unknown, home sickness, and not making the most of the experience. Something happened that you…

Skills I Have Developed

            Through my study abroad experience I have developed both transferable and technical skills through interactions, classes, and out of class experiences. Studying abroad has taught me a lot about myself in a short amount a time. I faced many challenges but with challenges always came with a learning opportunity. I enjoyed facing the challenges…