It is approximately 1 week, 2 days, 4 hours, 10 minutes, and 38 seconds from when I will be on an international flight to Florence, Italy. I downloaded an app on my iPhone in order to keep track of how much time I had left to prepare for the trip of a lifetime. I am a sophomore at the University of South Florida, Pre-Nursing major. I had the dream to study abroad in college even back when I was in high school, and I have made the dream a reality. A few months ago when I scrolled through the lists of programs USF offered, my eyes found Florence and I never searched for another destination. I have always been keen on the idea of going to Italy in general, and once I read about and researched Florence I knew I made the perfect decision. Florence is a beautiful, historic, safe city where I plan to have the best 6 weeks of my life.
I will say that my anxiety is at an all time high right now. The countdown app does two things: makes me more excited than I could imagine because the time is dwindling down quickly, but it also scares me. I have never been out of the country, and I have never been away from my family and friends for longer than a couple weeks, so this is a brand new experience. I have made a couple lists of the things I need to do and buy before I leave the states, and daily double checking everything has been a normal activity. I cannot wait for May 16th to get here, but I am also appreciating the time at home with my loved ones! Next time I write a blog post I will be somewhere in Florence, and that is so unreal.