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Europe Bound! + New News!

While you’re reading this I’m in route to Italy! I couldn’t be more excited and I’m still in shock that this day is here. We will be visiting multiple cities such as Rome, Florence, Naples, Venice, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast! I can promise you I am going to be blowing up Instagram in the next few weeks so this is your fair warning.

I’m probably most excited that I got my suitcase to zip (even if I did have to sit on it to close it). My professor preferred that we bring bags that fit the carry-on limit since we will be traveling through Italy so much. When they first told us, I think my jaw hit the ground. 18 days in a carry on…..this is an over-packer’s nightmare. But as of about 15 minutes ago: I ZIPPED IT. I DID IT. 

So make sure you’re following on Instagram and Twitter for constant updates and even more updates on Snapchat (user: Shannon.hessen).

Another piece of news….

I was always planning on flying home with the rest of the group at the end of May, however about a month ago this all changed.

I got an internship in Paris!!!!!!!!!!!

So now instead of going home, I will be going straight to Paris from Italy and I will be spending June and July in Paris. So on top of packing for a month in Italy, I had to also pack for 2 months in Paris.


I’m so excited to start this summer adventure in Europe and hope that you will follow along with me! I’m so thankful to have this opportunity and I can’t wait to see all the memories I make this summer.

Hope you have a summer filled with adventure!

Always remember,




  1. Safe travels, you are going to have so much fun!

  2. Wow! Congrats on the internship! You will be all over Europe for the rest of the year!

  3. Congrats! Can't wait to follow along on instagram :)
    This Side of Paradise

  4. That's so amazing, Shannon, congrats! Have fun in Italy and Paris. I hope you visit Cinque Terre - it's so beautiful!

    Constance || Prep Northwest

  5. Congrats on the internship!!! I am extremely jealous haha. I hope you have a blast!

  6. You're going to have an absolute blast in Europe, just followed you on snapchat and will be checking out your insta so I can be completely green with envy :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  7. I would love to read a blog post about how you got your internship in Paris!!