Marte Eggleston is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism major at the Indiana University, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.
With just one week remaining in Florence, Marte reflects on her semester abroad so far and some of the lessons she's learned in Italy.
With only a week left of classes and being around my newfound friends, I have started to really come to terms with the fact that I will be back in the US in about two weeks. I am lucky enough that my parents are coming to visit for an extra week, so I won’t be leaving Italy just yet!
There are so many mixed emotions with the end of the semester coming up. I felt like I had all the time in the world, but now it is coming to an end. I am excited to see my friends, family, and partake in certain American luxuries like free water at restaurants and being able to dry my clothes in a dryer. However, I have a feeling that I will be homesick for Florence after a few weeks.
Florence has taught me more about myself than I could have ever imagined. Most importantly, to me, it has given me the confidence to follow whatever path I choose. Coming to Florence was a giant leap, but I didn’t realize all of the large steps that would come in between. I learned how to travel by myself in cities that I had never been to before. I learned that sometimes you just have to go with the flow (probably the best thing I learned). I’ve realized that I want to take back these lessons and continue to grow. From the first day flying and missing a connection, I had to toughen up and roll with the punches,but don’t worry; I eventually made it to Florence on time. Going with the opportunities that you are presented with is the best thing you can do while studying abroad. You never know whom you could meet, what you could see, and the memories that you’ll keep. Back at school, I want to try a new club or talk to someone who seems interesting because if it’s normal here, then why shouldn’t it be normal at home?
I will miss taking obscure classes like Museology and Understanding Modern Italy. I never would have had the opportunity to take them if I would not have come to Florence. I have learned so much about where I fit in the world and how I can use that to change lives. The world seems bigger and smaller all at the same time. My worldview has expanded, but I also realize how much more there is to see. I’ve seen art that has inspired countless of artists and appreciated the same landscape as they did. There is something undeniably inspiring about being in Florence, and I want that inspiration to follow me wherever I go from here.
Marte's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.