I've always been one to make spontaneous decisions. Although it can get me into trouble (rarely), I usually find myself in the midst of the most wonderful adventures. And now, I will soon begin my next adventure of living and studying in Milan, Italy for an entire year. I am a student at Brandeis University, pursuing majors in economics and international global studies and a minor in business. I invite you to join me on my travels as I share my experiences through my love of photography and writing. Arrivederci!
Learning to not panic without cell data is a significant part of the abroad experience. Although I wouldn't necessarily say its one of the major challenges, traveling without the convenience of internet on your phone can be quite the nuisance.
Living abroad comes with a lot of "first times" and this weekend was yet another first time for me. On Sunday I participated in the Stramilano, my first half-marathon! Although I wouldn't say it was the most fun time I've ever had, it was definitely a rewarding experience.
Mid-terms are approaching and I'm about half way done with my second semester at Bocconi, the partner university in Milan that I'm enrolled in through IES Abroad. This semester I'm taking two economic courses and I'm very content with my decision to do so. Bocconi is a well-known, international b
One of my main goals when I came abroad, similar to most students studying abroad, was to make the most out of how easily accessible travel is in Europe. Although weekend trips to other countries are always incredible, I've also enjoyed spending weekends in Italy and taking day trips.
It’s been over 5 months since I arrived in Italy. From barely being able to order a coffee, my Italian has come a long way. However, this wasn’t without a serious commitment to do everything possible to learn the language (Word Reference has become my best friend over the past few months).
The day that the world has been anticipating for many weeks now has finally passed. After an unexpected turn of events, this election has brought many firsts. My first time voting in a presidential election. My first time voting in a presidential election abroad.
For a city with a bar/café on every corner, it can be difficult to find a café similar to Starbucks where it’s acceptable to pull out a laptop and study. As American students, we’re used to having libraries on our campuses and other various places that are study-friendly.
This weekend, IES Abroad took us on a wonderfully planned tripped to Tuscany. I can confidently say that the trips IES Abroad organizes are very worthwhile and to definitely take advantage of any trips that your program offers.
“Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family regardless of differences in religion, culture, color and creed. Deep down there is no difference.” -The Dalai Lama
Although I have not been feeling the effects of culture shock too much, there are obviously many differences between Italy and the United States. During the past month, I have stumbled into quite a few sticky situations, many of which have involved melting gelato.
This is a question that comes up frequently. Are my friends and family at home sleeping or awake? When will I get used to subtracting 6 or 7 hours from the local time? From adjusting to a new time zone, to losing my luggage, my abroad adventure has officially begun.