Daniela Franco is a junior at the Honors College in FIU majoring in Finance. She was born in Isla Margarita, Venezuela but was raised in Miami with a fully Cuban family. Daniela aspires to work in the finance industry and explore the wealth management or private banking areas. Her long term goal is to work for an international banking institution that will allow for frequent travel. She currently works as an administrative assistant at a real estate attorney’s office and plans to intern with BNY Mellon over the summer. Her hobbies include reading, travel, and finding new places to eat.
Encounter as Text
by Daniela Franco of FIU, January 27, 2023
Studying abroad is a unique opportunity that offers the potential to gain a new perspective and understanding of a foreign environment. It is a goal that I set for myself in high school and one of the main reasons I decided to pursue my bachelor’s at FIU. I feel that traveling is a thoroughly enriching experience that adds so much value and character to your daily life. The memories created while traveling will stay with you forever and continue to mold your personal growth as life progresses. As a finance major, I am heading into a competitive and time-consuming field. It is unlikely that I will get another chance to travel and learn so freely in the near future. This is why I have made it my career to goal to work for an international bank such as Santander or Banco Sabadell to have the opportunity to travel into Europe, even if it is just for work. I am in love with the European lifestyle, but also the American economics, so I am trying to find a balance between both aspects of my life.
I am motivated and ready to take advantages of all the possibilities that arise from this course. I love to travel and have been to Europe a couple of times before. I have visited Italia once on a cruise which had stops in Rome, Florence, and Naples. However, this experience felt rushed and superficial. For example, everyone that I have met loves Florence. In my experience, Florence consisted of rain, foul smelling streets, crazy drivers, and a very salty sandwich. A couple of hours is simply not enough time to enjoy a city, especially on a bad day. Since then, I have been waiting to be able to go back to Italia and truly immerse myself in the culture and way of life.
In my mind, Italia exists as I saw in the Amalfi Coast; under the shade of lemon trees surrounded by flowers. Winding and narrow streets packed with people and small cars. Colorful kayaks laid out to dry on the shore of a pebbled beach with icy cold water. It is an almost utopian society where life is simple and happy. I am fully aware that this is not the case, and it is simply the amalgamation of the result of various touristic marketing strategies. Yet I still like to imagine it this way. Everybody needs an escape every now and then, so this is mine. Picture perfect images of beautiful landscapes and the lifestyle to match.
From this program I expect to develop my confidence, expand my knowledge, and explore the connections between Italia’s history and U.S. society today. I would love to learn how the ancient Roman economic methods have translated into capitalism today. I am looking forward to visiting Cinque Terre as I have never been there before but always wanted to go. The housing inside a sanctuary is definitely interesting and I am excited to get to know the surrounding villages. Overall, I want to end the study abroad class and be a completely different person than who I was before starting. I am not sure which specific changes I would like to see, but as long as my life will have been transformed for the better then I will consider the experience fundamentally beneficial.