Writing Samples

July 16, 2014

It has been about a week since I reversed my hop across the pond and returned home to the United States of America. I was reluctant to leave my darling Italy, and it was seemingly as reluctant to let me go. Weather kept me grounded in the c...

June 25, 2014

Tomorrow, my study abroad program will conclude and my family will touch down in Florence. The speed at which these six weeks have gone by is unfathomable. I’ve learned and seen so much, and I have so much more I could share. I will probabl...

June 23, 2014

Though Florentines bear the right to the title “Italian” as much as any, tourists in Florence may find their interactions with said Italians less than genuine. Because Firenze is such a popular destination, the Italy you see here is much di...

June 17, 2014

In approaching the City of Bridges by our small private ferry, I knew it was going to be breathtaking. From the water, it appears the buildings are born straight from the waves. Once you actually reach the island, you feel compelled to stop...

June 13, 2014

I have come to consider myself what I call an “amateur foodie.” By this, I mean that I am highly enthusiastic about cooking, watching chefs at work, generally learning about food, and most importantly, eating food. The afore mentioned cover...

June 7, 2014

Week three of my six week program is coming to a close and I simply don’t know how to process it. I am in that strange state of being where I feel I’ve both been here for ages and for no time at all. In any case, I feel I’m racing toward th...

June 2, 2014

To paraphrase Dorothy, when I stepped off the bus in Rome this weekend, I turned to my friend with a look that said, “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Florence anymore.” Those couple days in the City of Seven Hills rode like a rollercoaster set...

May 26, 2014

While I cannot believe I’ve been here a whole week, part of me can’t believe it’s only been that long. In the past seven days I have grown acquainted enough with Firenze not to need a map (most of the time) when wandering around and have do...

May 20, 2014

As a result of my first successful flight without a parent’s accompaniment, I have made it to Florence!

I was lucky enough to snag a window seat on the last leg of my journey, departing from Paris. This allowed me a gorgeous view of the Alps...

May 5, 2014

I have always dreamed of visiting Italy. Thanks to a study abroad program, this life-long dream will soon be realized. To pump myself up (as if it’s necessary), I’ve decided to share the essay that I wrote in applying for said program:

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