Thanks for an Amazing Weekend, Marist!

Ciao from Florence! I am here sitting in a little café excited to share an amazing experience that Marist was able to offer us abroad students as an excursion trip. So what is an excursion trip? This summer, the abroad office sent out a list of weekend trips that included activities, hotel accommodations, and a…

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…

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…

MTV’s TRL Awards

Thanks to our beloved “Jersey Shore,” MTV Italia’s TRL Awards were hosted in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence.  Piazza Santa Croce, the traditional “stage” for all Florentine celebrations since even before the reign of the Medici, was the central focus of Italy for one evening. On this evening, thousands of tourists, students, and residents packed…