Marist Abroad: Florence, Italy

Angela at the Ponte Vecchio

Hey everyone! My name is Angela Scherba and I am a Junior at Marist College. I am currently studying and spending my semester in Florence, Italy. I am a Communications major with a double concentration in Public Relations and Radio, TV, Film with a minor in Psychology.

Angela at the top of the Duomo. To her right is the church of Santa Croce.

Studying abroad is the best opportunity that anyone could ever choose to do. There are about 75 Marist students studying here and Marist has set everything up for us. I live in an apartment with 7 other girls and we have a terrace on the roof that over looks all of Florence. When I first got here I was one of the lucky people that didn’t experience much culture shock. Italy is just as beautiful as you would think it to be. Florence has so much opportunity and is the perfect size city. You can walk everywhere and see everything. Walking to class past the Duomo everyday is something that I never thought was even possible. Now that I have been here for half of a semester I can already feel Italy impacting the person I am today. If you want to learn a language there is no better way than to put yourself in the country and speak with the locals.

The group of Marist students that went Hiking in the Alps for one of the school excursions

So far I have gone hiking in the Alps, traveled to Lake Garda, Verona, to the Amalfi Coast, to the French Riviera, to Germany for Oktoberfest, Cinque Terre, and of course I have taken my pictures in Pisa! This weekend I am headed to the European Chocolate Festival and have friends visiting from studying in London. Yes, I do happen to be the type of person that likes to get up and go so I am doing a bit more traveling than others but I could not have it any other way. You may think that studying abroad is all fun and games but I am still taking 15 credits this semester. I do a lot of my reading on the buses and during the week here in Florence. This week coming up is mid-term week and then we have our fall break where I will be traveling to London, Paris, and Greece!

And, YES! The food is amazing and I am lucky to be in the cooking club. My mother is already telling me that she is never cooking for the family again! haha

Angela and her roommate, Lisa at the Piazza de Michelangelo on the other ride of the river, one of the best views of Florence. Left: Ponte Vecchio, Right: Duomo


Interested in going abroad? Check out Marist’s International Programs website:

If you have any questions about my experience, please comment on this blog and I will respond to you 🙂

–Angela Scherba

One thought on “Marist Abroad: Florence, Italy

  1. My neice is going to be studying there this semester. Do you think it is safe to let my 16 yr old daughter go with my neice’s 23 year old brother to visit?

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