Finding The Right Balance

This semester, two CCI students will be sharing their experiences studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Follow them on their journey as they deal with culture shock, language barriers, and a total lifestyle change.

By Charleah Trombitas


Now that I’m settled in Italy and classes are in full swing, it’s a challenge to find time to do all of the things you want and need to do. Contrary to popular belief, the classes here are very real. Though they are not as intensive as classes in Kent, there are still tests, papers and readings that must be done for each class.

This becomes challenging when a weekend can consist of running around an entirely new country. Prior to coming here sessions warned us to be wary of getting worn out, but it was something I thought I could work to have not happen. Traveling is stressful.  Having class all week, then jumping on a plane Thursday night to spend an entire weekend trying to see a whole city in three days, then returning home late Sunday evening is exhausting.

I have been over whelmed at times during my trip. Trying to travel, see all of Florence, hang out with friends, complete schoolwork, and keep up with the happenings in America is a lot. Not to mention adding in time to eat, sleep, shower and take a second or two to breathe, it becomes a lot.


I made the choice to be traveling for five weekends in a row because I wanted to see European cities in the nicest weather possible. I was exhausted and sick by the time my travels were over. It was worth it and I would not take it back, but spending a few weekends in Florence is the nicest break I could have asked for.

It is very possible to find a balance here, as long as you know your limits and listen to yourself. Even though there may be pressures to go see a new museum or go grab some gelato with your friends, if you need to sleep or do homework, do it. In the end, you will feel better for when you do have time to explore and take in all Italy and Europe has to offer. As far as traveling goes, it’s easy and cheap to get around Europe, but taking a few weekends off to catch up on sleep, work and adventuring in Florence is a good idea.




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