ITL 399: Italian Values Through Food

My cultural challenge this past week was centered around the importance of food preparation, type, and dining experience in Italy, and what better way to explore this topic than participate in a cooking course and group dinner?  Two chefs at Hotel Meridiana graciously spent a few hours teaching my classmates and I how to make…

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ITL 399: Cultural Observation Challenge

In these past few weeks of living and studying abroad in Italy, I have quickly learned the importance of a traditional Italian meal, particularly dinner. It is beyond the multiple courses of delicious food; rather, an opportunity to unwind from a long day and enjoy the company of dear friends and family. As mentioned in…

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ITL 399: Urbino Scavenger Hunt

My second study abroad challenge for my Italian culture class allowed the opportunity to explore more of the city where my program takes place, Urbino, as well as a chance to practice my Italian through speaking with locals.  I completed six challenges through asking University students and locals, attending our second cultural activity, the tour…

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Travel Unfiltered

“Comfort is the enemy of progress.” – Selena Gomez Before I left to study abroad, I expected a quick, easy adjustment to a summer in Italy.  I imagined each day passing faster than the next, visiting and experiencing unbelievable sights, and feeling euphoric 24/7. However, I quickly learned that this was not necessarily the case.…

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Year II

As I am quickly approaching the end of my second year of undergraduate studies, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on these past nine months. Sophomore year is difficult.  It is a year of transition on all levels: academic, personal, lifestyle.  After the honeymoon phase of freshman year is complete, people begin to…

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Kindness Matters

About a week ago, I received my weekly email from a health and fitness blogger that I follow.  In her post, she was discussing the importance of kindness, centering her post around a friend’s Instagram caption, quoted below: “Something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is this idea that our feelings// emotional state does…

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Logged Out for a Week

In the midst of a heavy work schedule, mountains of homework, and a few exams and quizzes to study for, I made the decision that a week of less distractions would be beneficial.  So, at 7 p.m. last Thursday, I posted one last Snapchat story, and then proceeded to log out of my Snapchat, Instagram,…

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Healthy College Eating

One of the biggest adjustments I face each semester after returning to campus from an academic break is re-adapting to dining hall food.  Being raised in a household with healthy home-cooked meals, as well as being an athlete the majority of my life taught me to be conscious of what foods I am consuming to…

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