Farewell Florence

As I sit here in Downingtown, Pennsylvania two days after leaving Florence, I can’t help but miss this place SO much. I feel so lucky to have had this experience, to be able to learn and grow in a new city across the world. It has been only two days and I already miss the…

Like a local

My last few weeks in Florence were bittersweet. They flew by and I was constantly thinking of how much I was going to miss this place I had called home for four months. The buildings, the food, the people, I would miss it all. The places I had been and the people I have met…

My biggest challenge abroad

Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity that I advise every single person to take advantage of, but of course, it comes with some challenges. The biggest challenge I have faced while studying in Florence for the semester is the language barrier. I thought that knowing Spanish would make it easier for me to understand and…

My top 5 tips.

Study abroad!! If you have the opportunity to study abroad, DO IT! To be able to live in a completely different place with completely different people, is an incredible experience. You learn so much about yourself and others that you would never discover without this unique opportunity. Sure, studying abroad seems scary, because you are…

Traveling New Places

This past week was our school’s spring break. After four midterms and a paper, this break was much needed. What made this spring break even more special, was that my family was coming to visit me! I couldn’t believe the time had finally come. My mom, stepdad, and sister were coming to Florence for the…

Volunteering Abroad

Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved working with children. I have babysat since I was thirteen, I worked at a summer camp, and I’ve begged my siblings to all have kids, so I can babysit them. So, when coming to Florence and being offered to volunteer at a school teaching English, I jumped at…

Culture Shock

Before starting my program, I was warned about the effects of culture shock. I heard the phrase over and over again, but I just thought I wouldn’t experience this while I was abroad. Boy, was I wrong. It is hard to go to a completely new place where nothing is the same as where you…

I Have Arrived!

I’m standing in line at security in the airport, staring back at my mom, wondering why I made the decision to go so far away for such a long time. What would I do if I got sick, if I missed home, or if I was stressed about school? All these thoughts raced through my…

My Journey Awaits

As I sit here with my long list of “To-Do’s” before I leave for an entire semester in Florence, I can’t help but think how lucky I am to have this opportunity. My name is Lyndsay Cox and I am from Downingtown, PA. I grew up in an old stone house with five older siblings…