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30 Aug | Alexis Smiertka | No Comments

The Tide is High

The time has come, ladies and gents and anyone in-between. My flight leaves in 8 hours and all I have to show for it is this picture of my favorite toys on an empty suitcase that looks like wreckage from the Titanic. Feel free to follow me on this 4 month journey to Florence, Italy– …

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30 Aug | Theresa Seavello | No Comments

Pre-departure thoughts

     So, this is it. Officially 1 day left before I leave New England and go to a foreign country. What am I thinking right now? Well, for one: I still feel like it hasn’t hit me yet. I still feel like it’s months away, like I’ll look at the “Countdown app” on my …

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28 Aug | Rachel Cover | No Comments

A “Newbie’s” Pre-Departure Guide?

Hello! My name is Rachel from New Mexico State University, and this is my first post as Athena’s Florence Fall 2015 blogger. I wanted to share how I found this program, because it’s kind of a funny story.  I am an art history major, and I actually transferred from a community college to a 4-year …

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4 Aug | Shawn Gakhal | No Comments

Coasting through Paros with the Adrenaline Generation

Dirt whipped the halcyon air into a frenzied ascension. Noon. A couple of Thursdays ago. The coastline of Paros seen through speeding in a yellow ATV in static glimpses. The face of a thousand suns casted rays over the Aegean Sea right before I hit the caterwauling whirlwind. All of us from school–the magnificent whatever­–because …

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