Studying abroad was the best and short-lived experience of my life. I went to Florence, Italy to study and experience the Italian lifestyle and culture that I have forever adored. The people that I met - my now incredible friends - made the transition from small-town Iowa to historic Italy effortless. Unfortunately my time spent in Florence was cut short two months early because of the COVID-19 outbreak. While I was only in Florence for about a month, I would not trade those thirty days for anything.
One of the best parts of studying abroad is fully emerging into a culture! I learned so much about the food, the people, and other customs of Italy. It was a once in a lifetime experience!