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to Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Prague.’
That’s what made it so special.”
In an effort to help students maxi-
mize their cultural experiences and travel
opportunities, the Florence campus holds
the majority of its courses Monday through
Thursday. The twins used their free time by
traveling via inexpensive deals on bus, train,
and plane to Germany, Switzerland, and
other parts of Italy: Sicily, the Amalfi Coast,
and Cento as well as Padua and Vincenza,
where they visited their relatives.
When the rest of the FFE contingent
left for home on May 11, the twins found an
apartment and stayed in Florence through
June, working three days a week at part-
time jobs. “We were supposed to be home
by Mother’s Day,” Nick says, “but we bought
Mom gifts in Rome instead.”
When the time came for them to go
home, they were ready to see their family,
John says. Yet when they pulled into their
hometown of Marlboro, population 8,808, at
11 p.m., it finally hit them that they were no
longer in Florence, where even late at night,
“you could walk out anywhere and be in the
thick of the action,” Nick says. “It was reverse
culture shock.”
John is already pondering whether to go
back during his junior year. Nick too believes
he will return to Florence. “It’s a city you
can’t be away from for too long. It’ll always
draw you back.”
Both highly recommend the Freshman
Florence Experience. Nick believes having it
on his résumé landed his current internship
at a hedge fund. John agrees that it’s a plus on
a résumé. “It shows that you’re a go-getter.
You’ve gone through things that the average
person hasn’t.”
“I grew so much,” says Nick. “You don’t
[initially] speak the language. You’re in the
thick of a city. You learn to adapt to different
things. It was a great experience. The crazy
part is, things that were exciting ended up
being everyday life.”
“It was like a class in itself, a very practical
learning experience,” John says. “When I get
out of college, I won’t be entirely lost. It taught
me how to use my resources.”
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Princeton Review Ranks Marist’s Study
Abroad Programs Among Top 20
For the second consecutive year, Marist has been
included in the Princeton Review’s “top 20” list for
“most
popular study abroad program.” Marist ranked seventh
in the study abroad category inThe Best 377 Colleges
,
the
2013 edition of the Princeton Review’s annual guide.
Nearly half of the Marist student body studies
abroad, while the national average for all undergraduate
schools is less than 10 percent. In the most recent Open
Doors survey, Marist is ranked 18th in undergraduate
participation in study abroad among institutions that
offer master’s degrees. The survey is compiled by the U.S.
Department of Education’s Institute for International
Education.
The Marist International Programs office provides
opportunities for students of all majors to study abroad in many countries throughout Europe,
Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Semester, full academic year, and short-term programs are
available. For more information, visit marist.edu/international, call (845) 575.3330, e-mail
international@marist.edu, or go to Marist International Programs on Facebook.
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