Final Reflection – Florence

Studying abroad reminded me of the beautiful dichotomy of life. Of the safety and comfort of home, and the excitement and wonder that is found in new places.  Over the course of five months, I made some of my most cherished memories that I am sure to hold close to my heart forever. Hiking in…

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 Lindsey, everything will be okay

Dear Pre-London Lindsey, “Oh, the places you’’ll go” (Dr. Suess) seemed like the most fitting quote to start my letter with. Oh, if only you could see yourself now, all the things you’ve accomplished abroad, and of course all the places you’ll go. I know you’re anxious right now, unsure if you made the right…

A Final Thank You & Goodbye

A huge thank you to my donors that made this study abroad experience possible! I will miss the life I was able to create for myself here, and I am so grateful that I had this opportunity. While unfortunately I am not leaving here with a super cool British accent, I am leaving with memories,…

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…