Intro by Morgan Cingari

Hello, my name is Morgan Cingari and I am a Junior at the College of Charleston. I am currently studying at the Sant’ Anna Institute in Sorrento Italy. I chose this program because it has always been my dream to study abroad in Italy, and visit the Amalfi Coast. I also grew up along the coast of Massachusetts, so the ability to be near the ocean allows me to feel…

The Precession by Morgan Cingari

I spent this past Easter week in Sorrento, and it was unlike anything I have ever experienced before. To celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the people of Sorrento have parades otherwise known as Precessions. These Precessions are silently conducted three times throughout the town. In the first Precession, the participants are dressed in white robes, in the second they are dressed in white and black, and in…

Best Day Abroad by Rylie Talmadge

I made it! I’m finally here! I step off the boat and take in the moment. It is one of those Shoot-I-am-just-so-thankful-moments. It is a WOW moment. A Bigness moment. A life is GOOD moment. All the little logistics leading up to this point no longer matter. In this moment, life is as good as it gets. After weeks of preparation, lectures, excursions, and planning, I have finally arrived at…

Overcoming Obstacles with Laughter by Rylie Talmadge

While studying abroad, I have discovered the true meaning of adaptability. As my program operates in remote locations and in unpredictable ecosystems, adapting to changing conditions and overcoming obstacles has become an essential life lesson. Whether the roadblocks are physical, social, mental, or emotional, I’ve realized that a) I am not alone, b) that my feelings are valid, and c) the best way to move forward is to adjust my…

Culture, Customs, and Traditions: Football in the UK by Olivia Yalden

In the UK, football is a huge part of the culture and is a lively event that immerses people within their community and their pride to certain teams and locations. I was eager to get to London to experience this special tradition and was hoping it would live up to my expectations of excitement, and it did. Not only have I enjoyed attending football games during my time in London,…

Intro by Savannah Petrelli

Name: Savannah Petrelli Major: Political Science and International Studies with a concentration in Europe Year: Junior, class of 2023 Host Program: IES Paris BIA Why did I choose my program: I choose Paris because I wanted to improve my French speaking skills while being in a diverse city. IES offered a lot of classes for my major as well. Goals: Some of my goals were to practice my French and…

Learning Everywhere by Maggie Laughlin

My favorite day in Montevideo continues to change the more I get to know the city. My current favorite day occurred this past weekend. For my Global Business Management and Viticulture class, we got to go as a class to visit one of Uruguay’s popular wineries, Pizzorno Family Estates. I was expecting that we would just be walking through their vineyards, but I was happily surprised that we would be…