For the first five months of 2015, I lived in Florence, Italy while attending the Italian design school, Accademia Italiana, as an American study abroad student. Of the roughly 300 Italian students who attended the school full-time, I was one of twenty-five Americans to attend for the semester.
I chose to go to a design school to reach outside my comfort zone and learn more about the creative side of both my fields. While there, I was able to take graphic design, art, marketing, history and Italian language courses. I learned familiar subjects from new perspectives that I was never aware of before. I met and worked alongside people from vastly diverse backgrounds in and outside of school to complete assignments, projects and to learn the native culture in general.
During my off time from school, I traveled around Europe to new cities. My adventures took me to unique places that taught me new things on life, travel, relationships and myself. My favorite trips throughout my time in Europe included Munich, Budapest and Interlaken (Switzerland). I am grateful for the time I was able to spend in each city and am looking forward to future expeditions.
As a whole, this was the experience of a lifetime and is a fond time in my life that I hold dear to my heart.