By Brigid McCann
1) Why did you choose to study abroad in Milan, Italy?
I chose Milan because I really like Italy and wanted the chance to see as much of this country as possible. Also, I wanted to take the 321 equivalent but they no longer offer it sadly.
2) What has been your most fun or interesting experience so far?
By far Dublin! The cliffs of Moher are honestly so breathtaking. They were slightly terrifying because at one point we had to climb over a fence and the wind was blowing so much that we were falling over. The the other side of the fence was the edge, so we had to be super careful but we made it!
3) What is the most exotic food you have eaten?
I can’t think of anything right now, but all I consume is gelato, cappuccinos, and pasta. Italian food is so good!
4) What is your favorite part of being abroad?
My favorite part is definitely traveling every weekend. It can be really exhausting, but once you get to a new city it is so worth it. Switzerland was absolutely beautiful and there were mountains everywhere you looked. I would love to go back if I can afford it one day, because that country is very expensive. I also have a job teaching Italian kids how to speak English and they are incredible! And I get to take the little girls I teach out for gelato every week! They’re always so excited to see me, and that’s definitely my favorite part of Milan.
5) What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced while abroad?
My phone was pickpocketed and it has definitely been a real challenge. There have been six people in Milan from U of I who have lost their phone so beware. I’m looking forward to buying a new phone in June when I’m back home, but in the meantime I have an old iPhone 4s.
6) Do you have any funny stories from being abroad?
Emily Crews, Elisa Ambrose, and I were in a grocery store this past Friday. We find this guy there just minding his own business, but Ecrews and Elisa were convinced he was in a band! They were like, “Oh my, are you in a band?” He said no, but they keep pushing and saying we would tell all our friends that he was and that we would come see him play that night and he’s like seriously I’m not in a band. He totally knew we were Americans and being obnoxious! Then last night we were at a restaurant with our friends and the guy from the grocery store was working, and he totally remembered us and was laughing. But, we got some free chips from him so that was worth it!