Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (Photo by Adriana Herrera/CC BY 4.0)
Hi everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their first official day of class. Above I inserted a photo me at Vizcaya! It was so beautiful and I enjoyed seeing all of the artwork and the different rooms. I joined this class because I have not really traveled much in my life and I have always wanted to visit Italia. Throughout my college career I have always heard students mentioning Study Abroad and saying that it is a great experience and opportunity and because of that I became interested in taking part in Study Abroad. Now that I am a senior here at Florida International University I thought it was the perfect time and opportunity for me to join Italia Study Abroad when I heard of it so I went to the info session and here I’m am. I am very excited to be here yet very nervous about traveling to Italia because I have never been there before. I have never taken a flight that was longer than four hours so it will definitely be something new for me but that makes it very exciting! I am Catholic and I do not know much about Italia besides the fact that Catholicism is huge in Italia so I am eager to learn more about Italia while we are there.
When I think of Italia I think of Catholicism and amazing artwork. My expectations of this program are to learn much more about Italia and to really learn more about myself. I believe that this trip will really push me out of my comfort zone and I am looking forward to seeing my growth when the program is over. I live at home so I am usually not far from my mom and dad so it will definitely be hard for them as well to have me gone for so long. However I believe that leaving home to go on a trip like this is one of the best things you can do to grow and to truly learn more about yourself. Often times we have so much going on in our day to day lives that we do not stop for a minute to appreciate everything around us and its beauty. This trip is going to be a great time for us to live in the present. I believe that a sense of community is very important to have and I know that during this trip our class will become its own little community and I am really looking forward to that.
I am definitely looking forward to visiting Rome. The sites I am most looking forward to visiting when we are in Italia are the Vatican, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Roman Forum. I am also beyond excited to try gelato in Italia. These are places that I have really only seen on TV or heard of but seeing them and experiencing them in person is going to be fascinating. I am also really looking forward to staying in Cinque Terre because it looks absolutely stunning.