Italy

My event planning class worked towards putting on one event at the end of the month to put into action some of the skills and practices we learned throughout the semester. We targeted other Lorenzo de’ Medici students and their friends studying for the summer and learned how to make focaccia while watching a documentary about how a small town in Italy worked to beat out McDonald’s by providing quality, delicious focaccia and other local favorites.

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Well, scratch whatever I have said before about being in panic mode, because now I am actually panicking. About everything possible. Money, trips, sights to see, things to do and see around Florence, so many restaurants I still want to try, literally everything; you name it, I’m panicking about it. I can’t believe that I only have fifteen days to do ALL of these things.

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Well, I’ve passed the halfway mark and I am officially in panic mode. I finished my first class, took the final, got to spend ten days with my mom while she visited, have started class #2, and now only have 23 days left of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. I feel like a broken record… but WHERE is the time going? Cheesy, but time really does fly when you’re having fun. Here's a summary of my trip through Florence, Rome, and the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany.

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Three words that are so simple, that we hear every day, yet in this context were so true and impactful. “Live; everyone needs to live all of life’s abundance, take full advantage everything it has to offer. Love; do I need to really explain that one? Lead; lead others through life the way you know is good, because everybody needs to understand and be understood, and forgive and be forgiven.” This little phrase has stuck with me since last week, and it will be how I look at the rest of my time here in Italy. I now realize more than ever that I will be leaving this beautiful place in the blink of an eye, and the only way to make the most of it is to live, love, and lead.

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I have been in Florence for a little over two weeks now, and I cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by. Even though I am only entering my third week in Italy, I feel so comfortable walking these streets and really do feel like I am at home. I don’t even know where to begin because every day is truly amazing and unique, nothing is ever the same and there really isn’t a routine in the best way possible.

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Ashlee Baeten studied abroad on three continents on four different programs and still managed to graduate in three and a half years. In this article she tells about her experiences on these programs. Learn about short-term and faculty-led programs like these at next week's spring Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the University Capitol Centre, second floor.

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Leah Jessen, a University of Iowa finance major from Waukee, Iowa, recently returned from the trip of a lifetime in Europe. She enrolled in the winter session study abroad program in London offered by Tippie College of Business and filled her schedule to the brim with sightseeing when she wasn’t in class.

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Sydney Johnson, a Des Moines native, was determined to study abroad while at the UI. She chose a small Italian town off the beaten path to hone her language skills. Students who have recently studied abroad, including Johnson, will be on hand to answer questions at the fall Study Abroad Fair Sept. 17.

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Introducing John Cabot University, an American university located in the heart of Rome. Now enter professors from the prestigious International Writing Program (IWP), the University of Iowa’s unique residency program for international writers. The occasion for their meeting? The first annual Italy Writes Creative Writing competition for Italian high school students.

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When I was a freshman, the idea of studying abroad really seemed odd to me because I thought that I was already abroad in the United States, enjoying the abundant academic resources. Even though I have a childhood dream to visit Italy, I suppressed my enthusiasm and convinced myself to stick to my graduation plan and budget. Nonetheless, I realized that nothing could quench my yearning to study abroad, especially after learning Italian for one year and a half.

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