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Reflecting on Florence Two Years Later

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AIFS Alum Reflects on Fall Semester in Florence Two Years Later | AIFS Study Abroad | AIFS in Florence, Italy

We caught up with AIFS alum, Kyle Cone, who studied abroad on our Florence, Italy program back in Fall 2016. Check out what he’s up to now and how spending a semester in Italy impacted his life.

How did your study abroad experience impact your career choice and/or lead you to your current job?

Studying in Florence had a major impact not only on my educational experience as a whole but on my overall perspective. Those months gave me insight on how different some parts of the world can be and at the same time how similar. It sounds cliché but going out of your comfort zone can go a long way, and taught me lessons about how much is out there to experience.

How did your study abroad experience impacted other areas of your life?

I learned that there is a lot more to life than New England, or even the United States. It’s important to explore those other cultures and cities to put into perspective where you come from. It has helped me in planning for my future as a professional, and knowing that there are countless possibilities.

Are there any activities or traditions from your time abroad that you continued back in the US?

I like to try new places and go to unfamiliar locations. Whether it’s restaurants, coffee shops, or anything in between.

What are your top destinations for future travel?

I obviously want to go back to Europe very badly, especially Denmark and Italy. Other than Europe, I think I would like to explore South America next.

Any advice for students who are considering studying abroad?

Just do it. Once you get over the uncomfortable hump of applying and meeting new people, you’ll never regret going.

Any advice for recently returned study abroad students?

Don’t worry, it may seem like the post abroad depression will never end, but it does. You can use that experience and apply it to a lot of what you’ll experience back at school or in the real world.

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