By: Alyssa Monte
I am a junior photography major with a minor in journalism.
Studying abroad was an invaluable experience for me and something that I would recommend to anyone. My time abroad has allowed me to grow mentally, emotionally, and creatively and see the world in a completely different way.
Before I left to study in Italy, I was in a bit of a creative rut and felt myself questioning my future as an artist. After being immersed in a city full of art, collaborating with my professors and fellow classmates, and meeting with many professional artists, that doubt was completely gone.
My classes challenged me to create work in an environment that was foreign to me, and it pushed me to explore the city further and make connections with locals.
Furthermore, traveling throughout Europe made me realize how big the world is, and how many opportunities are at my fingertips.
I think this experience was challenging at first; as I was living in a country where they speak a different language and have a completely different way of life. However, I think it showed me how quickly I was able to adapt if I kept an open mind and allowed myself to be curious.
Overall, I think studying abroad is an amazing opportunity to learn more about yourself, expand on your education, and gain a new perspective on the world.
Florence at Night
When I walk around Florence at night, it feels like an entirely new place to me. I appreciate the glowing yellow street lights flickering on and off and the ability to hear the soft sounds of the city.
I am able to walk freely without squeezing past mass tour groups filling the narrow sidewalks and I get to take in the sweet smell of midnight bakeries handing out fresh croissants. I love the alternate livelihood the city possesses at night, while simultaneously treasuring the quiet corners.
I want this series to show Florence in an intimate, and ultimately personal, light and reveal a side of the city that not everyone gets to see.
For more of Alyssa's work, visit her Tumblr: https://alyssamontephoto.tumblr.com