Finally…the Day is Here!

As I write this, I sit on a packed Lufthansa flight to Munich. Getting to JFK was hectic, although checking my two suitcases wasn’t too difficult. The staff member behind the counter asked me if I was going to Florence before I even said hello. Apparently plenty of other API kids had been checking in […]


This last weekend, I went to Switzerland with three of my roommates. Some of us hiked, skydived, and even went zip lining. Now, after getting to the hostel at 6:00am from Florence and waking up at 8:30am to get ready, an idea came to mind that I have always known about and that idea became […]

Fall 2015 #iSpyAPI Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Fall 2015 #iSpyAPI contest! We asked our Fall 2015 students abroad to tag their favorite abroad photos with #iSpyAPI. After reviewing over 1,000 great student photos from this fall, we have selected ten winners! We’ll be sharing the winners and some of our favorite #iSpyAPI photo submissions on social media […]


On my way back to Florence after a memorable fall break, I got stuck in the Paris airport because my first flight got delayed. After the end of a long time in the airport, I see a girl I met at Oktoberfest in the airport and she told me that she had to go back […]

The Road Less Traveled: 7 Secrets of Florence

When visiting Florence, the typical sights include Piazza Signora, Il Duomo, the Lucky Boar, and the Ponte Vecchio. But what about the hidden gems of the Tuscan city? What about the road less traveled? After living in Florence for a year, I have collected a few secrets of the birthplace of the Renaissance. Define “good” […]

Staying Present

In my last post I talked about how the environment influences everyone. In this post I want to talk about the emotional states that we all experience when we study abroad and staying present in the moment for what we experience. From confusing to excitement to lonely, everyone will experience those states. So, onto the […]

How Does The Environment That We Place Ourselves In Shape Us?

Truthfully, the demographic and geographic environment that a person places themselves in has a constant influence on that person in terms of body language, thought processes, and so on. For most the students studying abroad with me, they have had to make two locational shifts in the past few years when they first moved to […]

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