I have now been back in the States for two months. Following the end of my semester at Santa Reparata in late April, I backpacked through Morocco, Spain, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany for about a month. Getting to see a variety of other countries besides Italy was an amazing experience, which I would highly suggest. As long as you are abroad for a semester you might as well take the time to explore some other parts of the world that you are near.
Although initially I was scared of the idea of leaving my family and friends in Wisconsin for five whole months, I am so glad that I made the leap. A study abroad is a once in a lifetime experience. Yes, one can travel the world later in her life, but not for such an extended period of time. I am so thankful that I got to travel the world in my early 20’s because I believe it has opened my eyes up to the different cultures of the world. I feel that I have learned valuable skills, which have helped me to grow as a person and will help lead me to a successful future.
The hardest part about being back in the States is going back to work and not having a new and fun day trip to a foreign country to look forward to each weekend. The one thing that keeps me going is the idea that one day I will be back in Florence…a place that I can now call my second home.