Gilman Scholarship, Housing, Tips for Studying Abroad

Moving to Florence, Italy

January 27, 2017

Ciao! It been a while since I wrote my last blog due to insufficient efficiency to install wifi and finding housing. It’s been about 4 months since I’ve been here and I have to say it’s been an experienced with many ups and downs but I have to say overall I’ve been able to study and travel to so many people and enhance myself in a way I could have never imagined. I have been able to travel to Germany, Turkey, Austria, United Kingdom, and Czech Republic. It’s been an advantage and a learning experience. I’ve learned so many words in other languages and met many people from other countries.

With all the positive challenges I’ve encounter I have to say The first couple month was absolutely horrifying and almost made me want to give up and come back home. It wasn’t because not wanting to live in Italy because I do and that’s what kept me motivation not to give up. It was due to trying to find housing. If I had to give my personal advice, it would be don’t try to find housing on your own if you can’t speak very little or any Italian because it’s extremely hard. I came to Italy wanting to room with Italian roommates and I knew it wouldn’t be easy but I couldn’t of imagined that it would take almost 2 months to find it. Even though, I love where I live (location is wonderful and the apartment is fantastic) I did not get Italian roommates. I actually got German and Spanish but that isn’t bad either.

Another thing that is really hard is after 4 months it finally kicked in missing home. At firstIMG_1778, while everyone was missing home already after a week, I was perfectly fine but once I got to 4 month, I really began missing my family and friends. My advice for that, is just keep busy! If your family isn’t able to visit or you can’t go home for the holidays, just remember you will see them soon and this feeling will pass! Try to meet as many people as you can and as many Italians as you can. That is the hardest thing to do if you are not in a university with Italians but as long as you do what you enjoy, you will meet people. I am lucky to even be in Italy thanks to the Gilman and even though I may not be able to see my family I am able to travel because of it and live in Italy!

I will start writing more frequently these blogs and this one was more personal and sharing my experience trying to settle in and adjust but my next blog will be about food and more! I hope you will read it and I hope this helps you!

Ciao!

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