Hello Florence, old friends, new friends, family, and who ever else has time to read my blog. My whole life my parents have encouraged me to try new experiences and venture beyond Greenwich, CT. Whether it be asking a stranger for the time at age five, or traveling on a three hour plan ride to visit my grandma on my own at age ten. These experiences have turned me into the person I am today. I am the up-most happiest when I am traveling. I crave for adventure because it has made me, me. When I am in a new place it opens my eyes to new cultures; how very different each person is from one another. Every time I have traveled with my family/friends or by myself, I have learned something new about myself. Traveling with all the challenges it presents and opportunities lets one discover who you are in a way that nothing else can.
When I traveled to Croatia with my family we met a family from France and from Germany. To this day we are still in touch and have seen each other a few times. They give me a glimpse outside of my hometown bubble, forcing a new and refreshing perspective on things. Hearing their issues in their country, or their outside perspective on America, shows me that I need to care for issues bigger than just myself. It’s not all about me. It’s about how I can leave an impact on the world and how I can change it for the better. There is pain and suffering that half the world takes for granted, I am hoping to understand and help those suffering when I am in another country.
That is why I have chosen to continue studying for my Economics degree abroad. I am taking Money & Banking, and International Economics, both which present economics in a new way besides learning just about America.
Why travel? Because why not? NYU gives me this amazing experience and I want to take advantage of it, to change myself and hopefully use that to change the world for the better. I have chosen to travel to Florence in the fall of 2015, because I am Italian. I can speak a little of the language, but I hope living in Florence will help me perfect it and develop deeper relationships with my relatives who live in Italy. Living in Florence will also enable me to travel to the surrounding counties to enhance my education.
When I arrived, I was excited and homesick at the same time. I was excited for this new adventure, and homesick for my routine, my daily way of life back home. After being here for almost three weeks now, (I traveled a week with my family beforehand) I am struggling between the person I was back in America, and the person I am becoming here. It is a not a bad change, one that I should embrace, but one that will need adjusting to. I have always dwelled on what has yet to come and I’m slowly learning to live in the present.
Seeing the world provides a source of education that I could not learn in school. Traveling challenges me to be an independent person. Finding a train station, or a restaurant on my own will give me a sense of fulfillment when I overcome the challenge myself. Secretly I am also excited for the new food; the flavors the world has to offer. I am young and I want to be as cultured as I can. Studying abroad through NYU is a lifetime chance that I excited to be a part of. This is the time to figure out who I am, to figure out what I am supposed to be in this world, and to figure out what I need to do to help change the world. This is my moment, my one shot, and I need to take it now because I may never have the opportunity again. I am ready to represent NYU as a global ambassador, to educate my peers about my experiences so they hopefully too can travel and make a difference in the world, and to learn who Emily Molinelli truly is.