Sam Bordoni-Cowley, Florence and Ferrara, Italy
In Ferrara, a small-but-friendly city in Emilia Romagna, I lived in a house with students from Sicily, Poland, and Spain. All three were students at the University of Ferrara, all around my age, and we quickly became close friends. I was planning to spend a full year in Ferrara, but because of course availability I chose to move to Florence for the spring. While searching for a room, I saw a baseball field and joined the local team. I was welcomed with open arms into the Italian baseball community and played for them throughout their season. In addition to taking political science classes, I had an internship at the U.S. Consulate in Florence, where my duties included daily review of local and national newspapers, translations and helping during events hosted by the consulate. The internship turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life and through it I realized that I would be very happy being employed in the government. Studying in Italy, learning the language, and being in a position to integrate and enjoy the culture has made my experience part of who I am. I have no doubt that I will return very soon.