Living in Milan is life changing. Its breath-taking view of the Alps brought me to tears as we landed at the Malpensa airport. Before I had literally touched the ground of Italian soil, I noticed how appreciative the people of the city were of life. They take their time: eating, talking, reading, meditating and living effortlessly. They take into consideration others’ beliefs and values in a respectful manner.
Oh how I’d love to live here forever.
I spent my first day jet-lagged as I tried to run through the city in awe of its beautiful surroundings. The SAI group went to visit the famous Duomo di Milano. We also sat and enjoyed dinner becoming friends as we talked the night away. I truly enjoyed this oh-so tiring day and I have to say that I am still in shock that I am in this city. But I am truly blessed and ecstatic to be a part of the Italian culture and they’ve accepted me with arms wide open.
Orientation the next day saved my life. I was left the night before with millions of questions running through my head. How does transportation work? Where do I shop? What time are my classes? NABA did a terrific job with explaining things in detail that made me feel even more comfortable being in Milan.
I am very much so in love with my apartment and this is my home away from home. I have been more comfortable here than I am in my apartment at school in Missouri.
Round of applause for SAI and NABA!
I am looking forward to growing into a better woman and a better student. This is the best decision I have ever made in my life so far.
Bianca is a student at Stephens College studying at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti during the Spring 2014 term.