My most challenging travel experience was when I went to Portugal for a month and I had to try to adapt to their traditions and values even though they were very different than mine.
Whether I’m sitting in class or walking through Piazza’s I’m always learning something new and embracing every single moment.
Studying abroad is the most amazing and life changing experience a student can partake in. Yes this statement has been expressed by many people, but until you personally experience it you have no idea the extent of it. Even after just a month of studying abroad I have already noticed how much I am gaining from this experience. There hasn’t been a day since the day I arrived that I felt was wasted. Whether it’s learning a new word or a new meaning of a landmark, every day is a learning experience and I’m still taking it all in. Walking into this experience, I’m embarrassed to say that I barely knew a word of Italian but after being here for a month it’s amazing how much I’ve been able to pick up. My proudest moment so far is when I was finally able to carry on a conversation with an Italian man and he asked if I was fluent. Being able to really embrace the Italian language and culture together is what makes it that much more exciting and meaningful. Being in a foreign country alone not only benefits me by experiencing and embracing every moment through my own eyes but it has also pushed me to become more social and personable. Every time I walk out my door I’m excited to see what I will learn that day or who I will meet. The fact that every day is different from the days before is the most exciting part of it. Whether I’m sitting in class or walking through Piazza’s I’m always learning something new and embracing every single moment. Although I’ve been able to visit a few different places through the northern part of Italy since I arrived, there is so much more I want to see. My goals for the remainder of my semester abroad are to not only see more of Florence but to venture off to southern Italy and many other parts of Europe. I’m really looking forward to broadening my Italian vocabulary, knowledge, and my overall outlook of the world.