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 […]

9 Things You Must Do in Italy

For my first two weekend trips of the semester, I went to two parts of Italy: the Amalfi Coast and Florence. I did the whole “touristy” experience in both cities, and here are my favorites from my trips: In the Amalfi Coast 1. Take the chairlift to the top of Capri. You can’t get up […]

Novel Situations Provide Novel Memories

How does properly framing your expectations influence the outcome of your life events? This is both a question and an idea that has bothered me whenever I have had personal goals that I wanted to achieve and when I thought about travel. First off, by framing I mean how a person constructs their mindset for […]

No One Wants To Talk About Homesickness

No one wants to talk about homesickness. We avoid the subject because it feels misleading. It creates an impression that we are not having the time of our lives. We are. It sneaks up on you, lightning on a sunny summer day. There’s no real way to describe it—only to experience the shock that comes […]

Never Take A Moment For Granted

Staring at the date displayed on my phone screen, I thought I must be hallucinating. There was no way it could already be this late into June, because that meant I only had four days left in Italy before I had to hop on a plane back to the United States. Five weeks had never […]