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Turning Florence into Your Home Away from Home

For almost all college students, college is the first time you’ll be away from home and out of your comfort zone. This goes double for those students who choose to enroll in the Marist Italy study abroad program. Not only will these students encounter all of the new experiences college brings, they’ll also be doing it in a foreign land. Here’s how you can turn Florence, Italy into your home away from home.

Marist College, in partnership with Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici (Marist-LdM) in Florence, Italy, offers programs that include the Freshman Florence Experience, several 4-year bachelor’s degrees, numerous semester-long and year-long study abroad programs, and a master’s degree program. Through these opportunities, students earn a world-class education while also spending their days in one of the world’s foremost cultural epicenters.

The obvious caveat within all of this is that you’re not just moving to a new town or city, you’re moving to a new world. Everything you encounter will be foreign to you. More than likely, this is the first time you’ll be in an area where English is not the predominant language. When experiencing all of this at once, it can seem overwhelming. Fact is, it’s easier than you think to acclimate yourself.

In her blog, “Florence: A Home Away from Home,” Marist-LdM student Kaylee Holt offers up some advice on how to make Florence your home away from home. This blog is a must read for anyone considering studying abroad through the Marist Italy program. Paraphrased below are just a few ideas Kaylee believes every student should implement to help them acclimate to their new surroundings. 

Stay In Florence!

One of the most appealing aspects of Florence is that it’s a quick flight or train ride to pretty much anywhere in Europe. But Florence itself has much to offer those looking to experience a new culture. Make it a point to spend a couple of weekends visiting new areas of Florence. This will help you become more familiar with your host city, and also stave off the exhaustion of constant travel.

Find Your Spot

Whether it be a café, coffee shop, or library, find some place that you enjoy and frequent it. This will give you something familiar that you can always return to, and is perfect for those days you don’t want to go far, but also don’t want to stay in your dorm.

Enjoy Your Hobbies

Whatever hobbies you had in the states are probably available to you in Florence as well. Don’t be shy about participating in them. If you liked yoga before, try an Italian yoga class. If you were into running, think of all the new things to see on your runs. Painting, music, whatever you’re into, stay into it.

Create a Routine

This is probably the best piece of advice anyone can give. By creating a routine, everything that once seemed foreign will now seem normal, as it is now a part of your daily life. This routine will also add structure to your days, helping you manage your time as you navigate this foreign land and your course workload.

Kaylee’s blog offers several more tips, and we encourage you to check it out. If you’re ready to learn more about the Marist Italy program, please visit http://italy.marist.edu/ for further details on the programs, opportunities, and benefits of this wonderful opportunity. 

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