Benvenuti a Firenze!
I’ve officially made it to Florence!
This semester, I’ll be studying abroad at Syracuse University’s Florence center. I’m so excited for all of the opportunities, experiences, and adventures ahead, and I can’t wait to share it all with you, here on this site.
So far, we’ve been kept busy with orientation activities – choosing our classes, meeting our host families, getting our first glimpses (and tastes!) of the city – and I’ve had some time to think about what I want to accomplish while I’m here. Here are a few of my study abroad goals.
1. Learn the language
Italian is such a beautiful language. To learn enough of it to speak with any of the locals (regardless of their English proficiency)is an absolute must for me. Thankfully, I’ll have lots of help. I’ll be studying it in school, and will have ample opportunity to practice at home with my host family.
2. See all kinds of places
I’ve always been an enthusiastic local traveler, and this semester, I’m going to expand that to Europe. London, Ireland, the Alps, Prague, Barcelona, Madrid – the possibilities are endless. That’s not even including all of the places here in Italy I hope to see! Venice, Verona, Rome, the ancient city of Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Assisi; the list goes on and on.
3. Get comfortable with being wrong
This one’s a much more personal goal. I’m a bit of a neurotic perfectionist, and sometimes feel that it holds me back. I’ve refrained from doing certain things because I didn’t know how, and have kept quiet because I was unsure of the “perfect” thing to say. Now, I’m in a country where I don’t even know the language yet, let alone how to navigate the city. I’ll be traveling to other countries where this “not knowing” will be even more extreme. I’ll go down the wrong street, order the wrong dish at restaurants. I can’t wait to see what I’ll discover.
4. Gain confidence and independence
All of this exploring is bound to have incredible effects. At the end of this trip, I hope to be much more self-assured and self-reliant. I hope to have a greater understanding and appreciation for other cultures, and I hope to discover a new understanding of my own. I’ll develop my communication skills, make new friends, and uncover new interests.
5. Eat everything
They don’t call it eat-aly for nothing!
Gelato count: quattro