Kathleen GETS Select Study Abroad

We had the great pleasure of having Kathleen on both our Mother-Daughter Trip last year as well as our June Study Abroad Session. She brought an energy that was truly infectious, the kind that can infuse an entire group and bond them together around her positivity and genuine, non-stop laughter. When we read what she wrote about Select Study Abroad it all made even more sense. She showed us that she really gets it. She gets Italy, she gets study abroad, and she gets sisterhood. She gets us:

“To travel to Italy is not merely to enjoy gourmet meals, see beautiful sights, and soak up the Tuscan sun. To study abroad is not merely to take a class in a different country. To be a part of a sorority is not merely to have a nice group of girlfriends.

To travel to Italy is to experience a culture unlike anything you have ever known. You aren’t just eating; for the first time, you are trying pasta that was handmade only minutes before it enters your mouth. You aren’t just drinking; you are tasting wine from grapes that were grown, fermented, and bottled only miles away. You aren’t just sightseeing; you are standing in the shadows of hundred-year old towers and praying in the same churches where great Renaissance thinkers have been laid to rest. This is more than a vacation.

To study abroad is to immerse yourself so deeply in the Italian culture that it becomes a permanent part of your identity. You aren’t just learning a new language; you are struggling to understand the people around you as they speak elegant Italian. You aren’t just visiting; you’re living in here and trying to make sense of a way of life that is so incredibly different from everything you’ve ever known. You aren’t sitting in a classroom reading about Machiavelli, Galileo, and Dante; you are standing in front of Galileo’s tomb in Santa Croce, you are staring up at Dante’s home on via Santa Margherita. This is more than a class.

To be a part of a sorority is to fully commit yourself to a sisterhood. You aren’t a gaggle of girls; you are an assembly of women bound by ritual and rooted in history. You aren’t a part of this for the parties; you are a part of this for the joyous celebrations of friendship. You aren’t here to gossip and chat; you are here to empower, uplift, and support one another. You aren’t just friends; you are sisters. This is more than a group of girls.

When you combine travel, study, and sisterhood, don’t be surprised when you find yourself in the most powerful six weeks of your life. Don’t be surprised when you fall in love with a city so deeply that you feel you must have lived there in another life. Don’t be surprised when you wake up before your alarm because you are truly excited to go to class in the morning. Don’t be surprised at how quickly and deeply you form bonds with the women around you.

Don’t be surprised when, only weeks after you’ve left, you find yourself trying to think of ways to return to Italy with your sisters and recreate a perfect summer.”

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Seriously, Go Abroad With Your Mom!

In honor of our Mother & Daughter Trip this spring, we asked Alexa if she would tell us (and you!) what it meant for her to travel in Italy with her mom this past summer. Needless to say, I think she captured it. Now just imagine having your mom AND your sisters by your side. Yep. We know. (Interested? Learn more here.)
Alexa is an Alpha Delta Pi sister at Quinnipiac University and a Select Select Study Abroad alum.

mother_daughterWhen I went abroad for my first time this summer I was so exited to finally satisfy my wanderlust. I could not wait to let my inner foodie come out and adventure through Italy with sisters. Being abroad was amazing and I felt more independent than I’d ever felt. But there was something missing about the trip that I couldn’t figure it out. It wasn’t the lack of amazing food or great memories I made with new friends, but I felt like I wanted to share this time with my mom.
Mother_davidMy mom and I are very close and I felt like she deserved to be abroad with me! I kept texting her pictures of mouthwatering gelato, a plate of gnocchi, pictures in museums, and views of the city. But what I really wanted was her at the table sharing the gnocchi with me and standing beside me while looking at the breathtaking views.
The day that she arrived in Florence was so exciting. We were able to visit all of my favorite restaurants, see so many sites, and shop our hearts out! Traveling to Italy with my mom is something that I will always remember. I can’t imagine the trip without her. I was able to share an amazing week of memories with her. There is something about dining, exploring, and visiting all of the landmarks with your mom that makes the trip seem even more incredible than it already is. We truly lived the ‘dolce vita’ (good life).
Our week abroad flew by, but the memories I made will last forever.
I was so happy that I was able to share this trip with my mom, and I hope you will feel the same way!

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Select Study Abroad June 2015: Cinque Terre!

One of our favorite trips, every time. The pictures definitely speak for themselves.
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Select Study Abroad June 2015: Week 3 (arts & crafts, Uffizi, cooking, gardening, and…eating!)

Week 3 baby! We took advantage of a gloomy monday to be inspired by all the gorgeous masks and art we saw in Venice and made some fun arts and crafts to take home. We got over to the Uffizi galleries, a must-see in Florence, no question. Michelangelo and Botticelli did not disappoint. Then we dropped in on some of our cooks-in-traing during their awesome cooking class in the Mercato Centrale in San Lorenzo. They are basically professional and made some of the most beautiful cannolis we have ever seen. Then our Alpha Phi ladies hit up Orto Dipinti again (a community run and managed garden in the center of Florence) where we watered and pruned and painted the homemade flowerbeds to help extend their lives. No week is complete of course without some epic eating. This week we took our ladies to one of our all-time favorites, Cesarino. A hidden gem. We took over the entire outside patio. What a blast.
Arts & Crafts Day
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