About the Bloggers

Fall 2013

Ciao! My name is Irene and I’m a first year design student participating in the Florence Abroad program. I am a Greek-American born in California, but these last few years I was living in Greece. I am very open to learning about different cultures – both America and Greece are interwoven into my perspective, so I am really looking forward to integrating myself into the Italian culture as well.

Artistically, I like to work with many mediums such as photography, drawing, Photoshop, painting, film, etc. and I am looking forward to sharing with you my artistic viewpoints when it comes to capturing the Italian environment and my studies here. I don’t have any prior experience within the fashion industry, everything is very new for me, so I’m hoping that this blog, and FIT, will be a fantastic beginning to what will become my new niche.

I am Natalie, a third year International Merchandising Management student. I am originally from Southern California and have been a nomad for the past few years – first living in Los Angeles, where I got a degree in Fashion Design, then attending FIT in New York, and now in Florence.

I have always wanted to live in Italy. I have constantly been fascinated by its culture and I am looking forward to embracing it. Immersing myself in a society that is different from my own intrigues me. Raised near the Mexico-USA border, I have been lucky enough to experience diverse cultures throughout my life.

My interest in fashion began at an early age when I use to watch my mother and my grandmother sew our clothing. With photography one of my main hobbies, I want to capture the best and foremost of the Italian lifestyle through our evolving knowledge gained with FIT.

My name is Samantha and I come from a family of painters, illustrators, and journalists, who nurtured my creativity while still grounding me in reality. I am now a sophomore at FIT, looking forward to a future career in fashion design.

I have always been fascinated with clothes and images that evoke whimsy and imagination. I love creating a character through my designs, imagining her lifestyle, her inspirations and aspirations. 
I can’t wait to grow professionally and personally this year at Polimoda and explore all that Florence has to offer.

Hi!! My name is Baiyang. I’m a first year Fashion Design major in the FIT study abroad program in Florence. I am from Beijing, China. (Any Chinese food lovers here?) I went to a high school that focused on the visual arts, which is where I learned how to draw, take pictures, design, etc. I was an exchange student in Virginia in high school, so this is actually my second chance to get to study in a different country.

Being in a different country can be a huge challenge, but mostly, it’s like a bonus! You learn how to deal with all the difficulties by yourself, balance daily life and school, explore, make friends, and learn a new language. As a foreigner, I personally learned a lot about language through my last study abroad experience. I really like to experience different cultures, gain abilities, and as being a Fashion design major student, finding inspiration!

I love fashion, illustration, swimming, dancing salsa, and food–and you can find them all here in Florence! I want to make this year as memorable as possible while I share my experience here with you guys. I also want to give some insight to all of you who are thinking about applying to this program in the future. I’ll prove to you that we are the best!

Ciao! My name is Dominique Volker and I’m lucky enough to be studying in Florence for the 2013 fall semester. I’m a senior Fashion Merchandising major, minoring in Italian and Psychology, attempting to make this semester last as long as possible. I’m fascinated with culture in the sense of the different ways people interpret fashion through music, art, and daily life. I’m planning on spending as much of this experience studying by traveling.

Back in New York, I spend my days exploring, writing, reading, enjoying music and concerts, along with working and interning. After interning at Women’s Wear Daily, Nylon Magazine, and OWEN boutique, I’m hoping this amazing experience will lead me in finding what I truly want to do post-graduation.


Fall 2012

My name is Ania and I’m a junior International Fashion Merchandising Management student. Since I originally come from Poland, studying abroad is nothing new to me. I know how it feels to be away from home. Fascinated by the program that FIT offers in Italy, I decided to take up another challenge and go to Florence for the whole year. All in all, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Surrounded by the works of Brunelleschi, Leonardo, and Michelangelo, I will try to do my best to show you the experience of being a student in the Apennine Peninsula. Although I have worked as an editor in a fashion magazine in Poland, writing a blog in English is not a piece of cake for me. I hope you will enjoy my posts and pictures (Oh, I love photography!) and I hope you will like my European perspective on the being an international student. Wish me… buona fortuna!


My name is Jody and I am a first year student studying fashion design in Florence!  I was born and raised in the beautiful Southern California right by Malibu. I am an 18-year-old who loves to immerse herself in different activities such as track and field, photography, music, and of course, fashion! People intrigue me and I always love making new friends.

My passion for fashion grew in high school when I interned for K-Swiss and Luna Luna Copenhagen, took clothing and fashion merchandising courses, and competed in Teen Vogue and O’Neill’s fashion design competition, Generation Next.  I never imagined myself as someone who would be brave enough to travel across the globe to a place so foreign to me like Florence, but now I am so excited to be studying what I love in such a beautiful city!


Spring 2012
My name is Daisy and I am a second year fashion design student studying abroad in Florence. I was born and raised in Philadelphia.  With first generation Korean parents, I went to school as a science major, but two years later I knew it wasn’t for me!  Transferring to FIT was the second best decision of my life, because making the choice to study abroad was THE best decision I’ve ever made.  Fashion is a compilation of all things that inspire me and I find inspiration through art, culture, food, people, music, and my surroundings!  Studying abroad has been an eye opening experience, and I have learned more about myself in the last couple of months than I have in the last 22 years of my life!


My name is David and I’m a third-year FIT student currently attending FIT in Florence. I grew up around Atlantic City and got bit by the fashion bug when I started working at Polo Ralph Lauren on my 16th birthday. I still work there during vacations and I’m also a former intern at Kenneth Cole. I received an AAS in Fashion Merchandising Management from FIT last May and now I’m studying International FMM. I plan to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in May 2013. In Florence, I am president of FITSA (student activities organization), which means I plan trips and other activities for fellow students.


My name is McQuiston, but most know me as Q. I was born in Salt Lake City and I am the oldest of four girls. I am 18 years old and have a growing obsession with fashion. I also enjoy sports, most forms of art, and especially writing. This is my freshman year of college at a world renowned fashion school in the land famous for fashion and art. Fashion Institute of Technology in Florence, Italy.