Hiiii Friends/Family/ Bloggers,
I am back to blogging! I wish studying abroad in a foreign country wasn’t my only motivation to get back into it but I’ve just had such a busy school year and summer that I didn’t have time to blog as much as I did before. As many of you know, I am studying abroad in Florence, Italy for my fall semester at Marist! I am feeling many emotions right now leading up to my flight on Sunday including nervousness, excitement, anxiousness and mostly stress because I am not nearly packed!
This is currently what our spare room looks like while I wait for my mom to help me condense for what the third time because I CAN ONLY BRING TWO SUITCASES! People who know me very well that are reading this now know how much of an attachment I have to all my clothes so this is going to be a very difficult experience for me.
This week has been full of running errands, facetiming with the girls to help each other pack, and saying my goodbyes but yesterday I was able to enjoy a nice beach day with my parents at Watch Hill. Without their love and support, I would never even dream about studying abroad in Florence so I have them to thank for the journey I am about to experience. We ended the perfect day with ice cream, of course! I can’t wait to be eating gelato with them when they visit me in November!
But besides the stress of packing I am super excited!! I am going with six of my friends from school and I am sharing an apartment with three of them, Allison (my roommate) and then Gab and Lauren are roommates. We are going to have a kitchen and a little common room. I’ve heard we are in a pretty good location in the city so I can’t wait to see it!
And unfortunately, there is studying while I am there as well so this is my schedule:
Monday– No Class (to recover from the fun filled weekends, duh)
Tuesday– Italian @ 9 am & Palaces of Florence @ 12
Wednesday– Food of Italy @ 12 & Italian Grand Tour @ 3
Thursday– Italian @ 9 & Global Business @ 12
Friday– No Class (LONG WEEKEND)
How I plan on making the most out of my study abroad experience:
- No early classes so get up early & run everyday to explore the city
- Meet new people- the university I will be studying at will have students from all over the U.S.!
- When I have downtime instead of going on Facebook/insta, go for a walk or sit in a coffee shop
- Take time to adjust/be patient (my mom says I am not good at this) Italy is going to be a lot different than any of us are used to so it is important to be flexible
- Travel to other countries/places as much as possible!
- Step out of my comfort zone/BE SPONTANEOUS- try new foods, go to museums, do things I wouldn’t normally do
- Don’t get fat- you know I love my gelato but also don’t go too crazy counting calories because when else am I going to be able to eat this good again?!
- Learn the culture/ live like a local- take advantage of living in another country
- Don’t be afraid to not have a plan and go with the flow! (I’m a huge planner so this may be hard for me) don’t plan every weekend ahead of time and instead see where it takes you
- Continue to make Dean’s List
- Don’t shop too much- spend money on travel instead of clothes
- Embrace every moment- who knows the next time I will be able to go back!
Next time I write I will be in Florence so check back Monday night for my next blog post!! I plan to blog at least 2-3 times a week to keep you all updated on my journey… and so I don’t have to text my mother novels of what I’ve done each day 😉