Nearing my last few days abroad, I feel like I have become an expert on the differences between an exchange program and a study abroad program. Comparing my experience to those of my friends, I have noticed some key differences in my experience that make exchange experiences unique and appealing to different types of people.
Midterm season in Milan is finally over and what a wake up call it truly was. Classes at Bocconi are very comparable to Northwestern classes in terms of difficulty, but not so much in terms of how you are assessed. At Northwestern, your grade is typically broken down into multiple categories including but not limited
I have always been obsessed with Italy and it’s culture and have always had a deep connection to Italian culture and arts. For these reasons, my decision to study abroad in Italy was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made. I will be attending Bocconi University in Milan for the fall semester, and I
Milano, Munich, Paris, Florence, Cinque Terre, Expo, Modena, Brescia, Parma, Torino, Siena, Bordeaux, Cremona, Budapest, Naples, Sorrento, Positano, Rome. Ever since my return to America (for a grand total of a week, if not less), I’ve been asked the same question, repeatedly: “How was your time abroad?” And amidst all the mumblings of, “Oh, it was good”
Italy, the land where your hard work in the semester is tested at the end of the semester for a whopping 30 points. Finals were just as rigorous as the NU standard, which made for a nice taste of home-before-home. However, this way of testing forces a student to truly learn the subject from beginning to
This here marks the halfway point. In less than two months, I’ll be back in the States and frankly, it’s a thought I’ve tried to avoid putting into words. On the train ride back from Brescia tonight (a completely spontaneous trip decided this very morning), I reflected on the two shorts months I spent here. Trust me:
Aperitivo, noun: paying a set price (5-12€), receiving a drink and unlimited food (read: every college kid’s dream). One of the most amazing ways to gather with friends without the hassle of “who’s ordering what,” aperitivo is one of the best ways to enjoy the Milan lifestyle. Because Milan is a developed and rather industrial big city, getting
Cinque Terre: the famed 5 cities on the Ligurian coast of Italy. This past week, my friend and I had scheduled for two nights in Manarola, the penultimate town in the south. Our little studio at the very top of the city had a sea-view and conveniently located two doors down from the best restaurant in