To Marist, With Love

Florence, Italy Dear New York, “Grazie.” I said as I accepted my sandwich from these men behind the counter.  “You’re welcome!” If there’s one way to describe my first week as an official study abroad student, it’s this. Trying out the bare minimum of Italian only to be rebutted with empathetic English. I’ve never had…

Opportunity of a Lifetime: Interning Abroad

When people find out I’ve just returned from studying abroad (ten weeks, five days, and nineteen hours ago, to be precise) the first question they always ask is, “What was your favorite part?” They’re expecting the typical answers: weekend trips, meeting new people, or being exposed to a different culture. What they’re not expecting to…

A Letter To The Class of 2017

Dear Class of 2017, After 3½ years, 7 semesters, and over 100 credits, it all comes down to one more semester. One more semester to be surrounded by some of your closest friends. One more semester where it’s “OK” to go out until 3am on a weeknight. One more semester of studying. One more semester…

What 9 months in Florence, Italy taught me!

When most people think of Italy, they think of eating great Italian food, while admiring the gorgeous Tuscan views, with a glass of red wine in hand. But, during the 268 days in which I had the opportunity to study and live in Florence, Italy I had more to worry about than gaining the “freshman…