We begrudgingly stepped foot onto our bus outside of Piazza Adua in Firenze, tired already from the short walk from our apartment to our meeting point and hoping, quite simply, to pass out on the ride over and awaken refreshed and with renewed vigor for our weekend away. No one really knew where we were going—Ljubljana? Slovenia? Where is that? How is that even said?
By Samantha Hesler, FFE 2015-16
With exactly three weeks left in Florence and finals around the corner it is easy to get stressed. Professors seem to schedule projects, papers, and presentations all around the same time, creating a very hectic world. Meanwhile you want to spend your last fleeting moments enjoying the city you love so much – Florence. So how can you manage to see everything and do well?
By Cassandra Pintro, FFE 2015-16
Today I went on a little field trip with my introduction to fashion class to… wait for it… THE FERRAGAMO MUSEO in Florence. The museum is located directly below the store in the Ferragamo palace. We enter and the first thing you see are all the walls of shoes and more shoes from top to bottom. They’re from the feet of royals, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe to today’s Angelina Jolie and Michael Jordan.
By Jackie Gruber, FFE 2015-16
Studying abroad has changed drastically within the last few years – what used to be considered uncommon is now the latest trend. According to National Association of Student Advisors, the number of students studying abroad per academic year grew 5.2%, from 289,408 students to 304, 467 students. Marist College offers numerous opportunities for all their students to explore living in another country and enhance their global knowledge.
By Meredith Pollock, MA 2015-16
Last weekend the MAs spent a magical weekend in Puglia, affectionately known as the heel of the boot. We visited the towns of Lecce and Santa Maria di Leuca, swam in the Adriatic Sea, dined in a farmhouse from the 11th century, and explored many other wonderful offerings of this beautiful region of Italy.
By Kaylee Holt, MA 2015-16
As the end of the semester and my year abroad is swiftly approaching, I am starting to realize that I’ll be leaving a little piece of my heart behind. Studying abroad has its challenges, and homesickness is surely one of them. Continue reading “Saying Goodbye to Florence”
By Sarah Noel Rodriguez, MA 2015-16
Within the city center, it is obvious that there is a lack of trees and nature beyond the flower stands or arrangements on balconies. Springtime is upon us: many flowers are in bloom, grass is becoming greener, and the air is getting warmer. Is there anything better or more relaxing than walking through a beautiful garden, seeing and smelling the flowers, and feeling the sunshine?