A year ago today, I boarded a plane that would take me to Italy; the one country I have always dreamed of visiting. While I had certain expectations of what I would see once I got there, nothing I could’ve imagined even compared to what I would experience during the most incredible four and half months of my life…… Read More Tips for First-Time Travelers
My decision to go to Italy for my first weekend trip in Europe was made rather spontaneously. On a Thursday afternoon, the four of us who planned on going spent three hours at Starbucks after class reserving hostels and booking flights to Pisa – for the next day. That’s right: we planned a whole weekend… Read More The Dos and Don’ts of Weekend Travel: How to Make the Most of Every Trip By Lindsey Zimmerman
Gina Mussio is one of the peer advisers for the Office of Education Abroad. Peer advisers provide information to students about education abroad opportunities during the OEA walk-in advising hours 1-4 p.m. on Monday-Friday. They also present general education abroad information to classes, residence halls, student organizations, and during orientation sessions, fairs and information sessions… Read More Gina Mussio, OEA Peer Adviser, traveled to Italy!
Italian Food. Sweet, delicious, decadent Italian food. I think my friend put it best when, while having a discussion about all the types of food, he exclaimed: “I’m Italian, we have the best food in the world! Why would I want to eat any other type of food?!” I could hardly argue with him there, as… Read More “Why Would I Want to Eat Any Other Type of Food?!” by Gina Mussio
Living in Italy is kind of like living in a dream. Not because it is all picturesque (although, it is) or scary (although, it is), but because you can’t control anything. It’s really difficult to make things happen when you can’t speak the language; so instead, you spend a lot of time letting things happen,… Read More How I Learned the Italian Word for Peanut Butter and Other Similar Tales by Spencer Smith
Some days, you wake up in another country. When this happens to me, I just follow the stream of people out of the airport, onto a train, around the central station and then shyly call a taxi to take me to my new home. And this is how I arrived in Milan, Italy. When I… Read More Give a Student a Pizza, Feed Him for a Day, Teach Him How to Speak Italian, He Will Be Able to Order Pizza at Every Street Corner by Spencer Smith
Years of dreaming, months of planning, days counted down and a nine-hour plane ride later, I finally made it to Italy! I have wanted to study in Italy since I was a little girl. Search through old journals of mine from elementary school and you’ll find things such as “Someday I’m going to go to… Read More Benvenuti in Italia! by Gina Mussio