Ivy Klein, Florence

Wheaton College

Nearly an entire year has passed since I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and not a day goes by that I don’t think about the majestic city, the incredible food, the history-filled architecture, the laughter of the people, and the beauty of the language. Studying abroad in Florence was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life to date.

While I initially struggled to make friends and feel welcomed by the people of the city, I stuck my neck out and routinely said hello to a few of my Florentine classmates, and after much perseverance, was so deeply welcomed that I ended up taking trips with my Florentine friends and their families, and forming lifelong international friendships.

I lived right outside of the city center in the old center of San Frediano with a wonderful roommate from Sardinia. I loved walking along the Arno to class every morning, and coming home to my roommate dancing while cooking traditional Sardinian specialties every night.