Ciao, my name is Sara Schlickau and I am a senior at K-State studying Bakery Science and Global Food Systems Leadership with a minor in Food Science. This semester, I am studying abroad at Florence University of Arts in Florence, Italy!
There are so many places you can go to study abroad and choosing a program best suited for YOUR needs is a must. I chose the Florence University of the Arts because of the courses I could take. My classes are: Everything Chocolate, Health and Fitness on the Mediterranean, Farm to Table, Grow Green Learn Italian, and Cultural Introduction to Italy. Other things to think about when looking for a program: Location, cost of program/living, cultural acceptance of minority groups such as LGBTQ+, and more.
Being a first of my family to study abroad, I wasn’t sure what to expect! I didn’t realize how accessible travel would be to me. A lot can be done in a 24, 48 or 72 hour time period. Here are some helpful tips I wish I would have known before getting to Italy surrounding travel:
1. Think of a few destinations you’re interested in going to before your experience starts. By having a general plan you can book tickets (flight & train), and sleeping accommodations early to get the best rates! Prices will go up significantly the longer you wait.
2. Websites like Airbnb have an experience option. You can find cool tours or classes in the towns you go to. I’m going to Paris this weekend and am excited to take a tour of the city in a motorcycle sidecar!! Don’t forgot to look into these tours/experiences in the city you are staying in too!!
3. You will be walking significantly more than you do at home, so bring practical shoes. I walk around 5-7 miles a day now!! I wore white sneakers almost everyday for the first month and a half and still got bad blisters. By eliminating extra impractical shoes, you’ll have more room for other items in your suitcase.
4. Don’t forget an electronic adapter!
5. Keep some type of journal to document your experience! The days fly by and I am thankful I have somewhere to document this adventure.