October has flown by! This is mostly due to my heavy workload which keeps me busy, but also because I am counting down the days until I am able to study abroad. I have never been outside of the country before, and I have always wanted to study abroad, so when the opportunity to study in Florence, Italy presented itself, I immediately applied. After finding out I had been accepted, I had some catching up to do, and I spent my October getting on track to travel abroad.
Since I’ve never traveled outside of the US, I needed to apply for an expedited passport so I would receive it in time to obtain an Italian Visa. While I waited for my passport to come in the mail, I worked on other steps that needed to be completed in order to be fully enrolled. One of the more exciting tasks was signing up for the classes I plan on taking. Although the options were fairly limited, I created a schedule that I believe has a balance of classes that benefit my major, as well as classes that sounded interesting that aren’t available in the US. I won’t know my exact schedule until closer to the start of the next semester, but some of the classes I signed up for were Entrepreneurship: Small Businesses in Florence, Sociology: The Mafia and the Media in Italy, an Italian language course, and a course on economic trends in Italy, just to name a few. I am excited to see which classes I get into, and I am confident that my schedule will be very interesting.
Once my passport arrived, I was able to apply for an Italian Visa. This part of the process was a little less exciting than choosing my classes, since it mostly consisted of paperwork and meetings, but it was still exciting in the sense that this whole process is foreign to me. After completing my final Visa meeting this morning, the idea of studying abroad in Europe seems less like a fantasy and more like a reality. There is still quite a bit that needs to be done throughout the remainder of the semester, but I am happy to say that I am currently on track to travel this spring. I can’t wait to write blog posts in a foreign country, about my experiences at a foreign school, and I am incredibly excited to gain an international perspective of culture that is so important to have in this day and age.