We’ve learned to live. Ciao Italia!

I’ve been living in Florence for past 9 months. I’ve met fantastic people. I’ve laughed. I’ve cried. I’ve lived my dreams. I’ve learned to live. We’ve learned to live. The FIT in Florence group of classmates and professors has become my family. If I was to make decision about studying abroad once again, I wouldn’t change anything. It’s been one of the greatest time of my life.

I feel like I’ve experienced “abandoning my place” all over again. All in all, almost three years ago I moved to New York City from Poland. I had to adjust to new culture, a new way of thinking and studying. Almost a year ago I moved to Florence from NYC. I can’t deny that I applied for IFMM program in Italy to be closer to home (Poland is just two hours away by plane ). Though, I need to admit that my junior year abroad has exceeded my expectations.

Tha fact that I was almost home was significant but not as important as my overall experience while participating in the program. Florence is a beautiful city and being surrounded by all of the Michelangelo’s, Donatello’s and Brunelleschi’s artworks is such an honor. The Italian food deserves distinction, not to mention about the amazing Italian culture. Another approach of studying at school, multicultural teachers, stunning school campus… I would not be able to imagine anything better. And… the people I’ve met over here – they were the most important part of studying abroad and they were the main authors of my adventure. I would like to thank all students and professors for being such awesome peers, mentors and supporters.

Two nights ago I sat on my comfy sofa back in Poland and I watched the beautiful yearbook video (thank you, Hannah!) with my parents. I thought that I would never forget all of these moments because they are memories for life. At the end, I read all of the messages that my friends left in my yearbook and I was moved. This is the story of my life. This is a story of FIT in Florence program and if I were you, I would not hesitate and I would apply to come here!

Florence, in August we were waiting for you and now I know the world is waiting for us.

Ciao Italia! I’ll miss you forever.

 

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