As I am reflecting on my “fairy-tale” semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy it is challenging for me to pinpoint my favorite moment or experience. There are just too many to choose from! I guess that isn’t a bad thing right? But, if I had to pick my most special moment from my semester abroad, it would definitely be the opportunity I had to see the world.
Yes, Florence, Italy was my home-base and after living there I can confidently call it my second home. But, due to Florence’s geographic location makes it extremely easy to travel to other countries. Within a four month semester I traveled to 13 different countries and 26 cities. The experience, perspective and knowledge which I have gained from my travels abroad is something that I am forever grateful for. I had the world at my fingertips and had the opportunity to explore, something that I have never experienced before. I am someone who always has a schedule- from extracurricular activities, my rigorous academics to my volunteer work, I am always “go, go, go”.
The feeling of being “free” and constantly being on an adventure is something that is irreplaceable. Everything was new and an eye-opening experience. The perspective I gained during my semester abroad is something that I could not have gained in a classroom, and is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Jamie was a spring 2017 SAI Florence student from Muhlenberg College.