A few people seem a bit concerned with how much I have planned to travel while studying abroad, in fear that I was forgetting about the study aspect. But rest assured, all my trips take place over the weekend! Only having class Monday through Wednesday is definitely fueling my ability to take frequent trips, and given this once in a lifetime opportunity, I have to take every chance I get at a new experience!
So far, my blog has barely mentioned schoolwork, classes, or anything related to my studies while abroad. So, let's step away from the seemingly more fun parts of studying abroad and focus on my academics for a bit! The first thing I'll say is that European schools are no joke! Attendance is strict, standards are high and exceptions are rarely made. But, the rigor and level of difficulty of my classes is a challenge that I am excited to tackle!
My first week in Florence has been such a wonderful experience! After arriving on Monday, my days have been absolutely packed! (Read my previous blog post to catch up on my first day in Florence). Tuesday morning started off with complimentary breakfast at the top of the hotel Baglioni, with an incredible view of the Duomo. Then we had orientation sessions leading into the afternoon focused on housing and information relevant to the program. After taking a stroll through the streets of Firenze (Italian for Florence), my roommates and I were able to move into our home for the next four months!
The time is finally here! Today, I leave to study abroad in Florence, Italy for the Fall semester. As I sit at my gate contemplating how I feel, I am almost numb. I don't think the reality that I'll shortly be leaving the country for the first time ever has hit me yet! I'll be studying alongside students I have never met while being engulfed in a culture I have never experienced -- but I'm excited, and incredibly blessed.
Here, I'll post content from my life ranging from random DIY projects, memorable experiences, thought pieces and anything else that I feel worthy of expression! Enjoy!