Saying Goodbye to Florence

Well, my time in Florence is coming to a close. The past six weeks have been some of my favorite thus far in my life. I have had so many opportunities to explore the country and experience the amazing and unique culture. If someone had asked me in the first two weeks if I would…

Favorites of Florence

So, it is now the end of week five in Florence. My time here is quickly coming to a close, and I thought one of the best ways to talk about my experience here is to give a list of my favorite haunts in the city and why. This list is by no means, exhaustive….

Studying Abroad in Florence: Hidden Gems

This past weekend, I found a hidden gem of a small, Italian city called Lucca. It elicited the same feeling you get when you reach in the pocket of the winter jacket you have not worn in months and happen upon a ten dollar bill. I would also equate the town to the hole in…

Studying Abroad in Florence: Picking the Best Gelateria

Italy is known for many things, but my favorite commodity so far is the gelato! Flavors range from baccio, which is chocolate hazelnut, to alle rosa, or rose flavored. While most shops serve similar flavors and have the same price range, an art form exists at choosing the best gelateria that will have the best…

Studying Abroad in Florence: Planning a Weekend Trip

If you are going to be studying abroad for a length of time of four weeks or more, you are most likely hoping to take a few weekend trips to see different parts of the country or different countries altogether. I highly recommend! In other parts of the world (especially Europe), traveling is so easy…

First Days as a Capstone Student in Meknes

New to the University of Mississippi’s language programs this last year was the Arabic Department becoming a recognized Arabic Flagship program in the United States. In addition to extra funding and support for the program and its students, gaining Flagship status means that students have available to them the possibility of applying for the Capstone…

Studying Abroad in Florence: Roommates

When I decided to study abroad for six weeks, one aspect I forgot to think about and what I feel no one mentioned was the fact that I would most likely have roommates. While I have had roommates in a dorm and my sorority house, having a roommate that you have never met, in a…

London: Farewell and Reflection

I am writing this blog as I sit on my flight back to the United States of America. As I reflect above the Atlantic Ocean, I ask myself if I were given the opportunity to do this experience again, would I? What would I do differently next time? Was it worth it? In this blog,…

China: The Finale

Final exams are finished. We officially completed the CET program. Our language pledge is over. The two months of intensive classes are finally done. I’m en route to Pensacola, FL for vacation with my family. But this ending is much less climactic than what I had always imagined. On the days I spent cooped in…