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I have been waiting to share this super exciting news and I can’t wait any longer! Drum roll please- I will be spending next Semester in Italy! It’s still so weird for me to type that. It’s even weirder that I won’t be moving back into Furman housing next semester, but I couldn’t be more excited/ overwhelmed about it!

If you remember I am going on a short program in May with the communication program to Italy for 3 weeks but I will be returning in September and staying until December! I have known since the moment I moved away from Europe in 7th grade that there was no doubt in my mind that I would spend at least one semester abroad in college, it was just about finding the right program and the right time. The night everyone found out about study abroad trips has to be as one of the most exciting nights of my college career yet. The thought of not getting in had me freaked out for weeks and I finally felt like I could breathe a sigh of relief.

While it was all so exciting it was also confusing because I had a huge decision to make. I was so thankful to have gotten into more than one program and my mind was completely torn. I was accepted into a program through Furman going to Brussels but I ultimately went with my heart and signed that papers that led me to a small town north of Venice for the fall 2015 semester. 

There’s an amazing group going and you know I already have a countdown on my phone. With a short trip to Italy in may, 4 months spent in Italy in the fall, and some super exciting summer plans in the works 2015 is shaping out to be an AMAZING year.

I’ve already started researching must visit places in Europe for fabulous weekend adventures. I’ve promised to myself that I would make the most of this opportunity and travel every free minute I have. So any suggestions of your favorite places I would gladly appreciate it (prepavenue@gamil.com)!

I can’t wait to blog about my European adventure and create memories of a lifetime! If you have any study abroad tips (or can an extreme over packer how to fit 4 months of clothes into 2 suitcases) I would love to hear.

Make sure to follow me on Instagram so you can see ton of pictures leading up to the big trip!





  1. I'm spending next semester in Italy as well! I will be in Florence from September until December studying at the Florence University of the Arts.

  2. I'm going abroad next year too, although I'm going to Denmark for the whole year! I'll be sure to let you know if I work out how to fit all my stuff into two suitcases, I'm already dreading packing. I'm blogging about my experience too so you may find some tips if I come up with any on my blog www.katiesincopenhagen.blogspot.com! :)

  3. You are going to have so much fun, what a wonderful once in a lifetime experience.

  4. How exciting - congratulations! Can't wait to see your photos from abroad!

    Alex | Mrs. Mason Dixon

  5. Trust me! You can do it when it comes to packing! I packed for a whole year in 2 suitcases! Pack everything you want to bring. Then take it all out & go through it again eliminating stuff down to what you really think you will need. Then go through it one more time and do it again. It helps you narrow it down when you think about what you actually need. But do also bring a couple things from home that you might not necessarily need. It's always nice to have!
    The Postcard Journals

  6. Congrats! Going abroad was info my favorite experiences in college! I went to London, but was fortunate enough to spend a weekend in Venice and I loved it. You're going to have a fabulous time!


  7. Yay! Congrats Shannon! I can't wait to see your photos- Italy is one of my bucket list places to visit!


  8. I'm in Hong Kong studying abroad currently. Its going to be the best experience of your life!

  9. So so exciting! I studied abroad in Madrid and travel within Europe is so easy and amazing!
    This Side of Paradise

  10. I've been in Amsterdam this spring semester, you will LOVE going abroad! I've got tons of tips if you ever want any!