Separation Anxiety
Aug26

Separation Anxiety

Wow! What a summer in Italy! It was an incredibly life-changing experience that I would encourage anyone and everyone to do.  It helped bring out my independence, flexibility, and adaptability, which are all great qualities to learn and develop while one is college so that one can utilize them in the professional world. Returning to America has been difficult because the environment and culture was extremely laid back. The culture...

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Ciao Firenze!
Jul25

Ciao Firenze!

Italy is beautiful, even more beautiful than I thought. I am enjoying living with my Italian mother, Anastasia. I was worried about living with an Italian family because I thought it might be awkward, but she is wonderful, hospitable, and so kind to both me and my housemates. Learning a language abroad is much more difficult than I imagined. Before I got here, I romanticized the experience and thought about how cool it would be to...

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Andiamo in Florence!
May25

Andiamo in Florence!

  In August 2016, I sat down in the second row of my Italian 102 classroom next to a girl who did not seem too intimidating. I chose the second row because that generally means you’re interested in the class and wanting to make a good grade but not an overachiever, right? The girl next to me turned and introduced herself and we both shared that we had taken Italian 101, but we were nervous about Italian 102 because we were afraid we...

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