The Final Few Weeks

The Final Few Weeks

Posted by: on December 4, 2014   |Comments (0)|Florence

It’s so hard to believe that we are already winding town to the tail end of the semester. Only 18 more days until we will all be USA bound! I think I speak for everyone when I say leaving here on December 13th will be the most bittersweet feeling we’ve ever experienced. I am so excited to go home to see my family, be in the comfort of my own home again and enjoy one of my mom’s home cooked American meals; but at the same time, I never want these exciting adventures that I have had here to end. I have had an absolutely incredible experience here so far– I don’t even know how to begin putting into words how amazing this semester has been. We have all traveled to places that in the past I only could have dreamed about: Croatia, Germany, Budapest, the Amalfi Coast, Greece, Paris, London, Switzerland and so many more. I am constantly thinking about how to respond to people who ask me how my abroad experience was when I get home, because it truly is so difficult to explain to anyone the ups, downs, fun times, scary experiences, new friends, immaculate views, and beautiful places that we’ve seen and been to.

Since finals week is rapidly approaching, all the Education girls are preparing final lesson plans, working tirelessly on our big Lesson writing projects and our Social Studies unit project, as well as trying to stay on top of our work for our other classes. Although the work has been tough and some nights have been late, the fun times we’ve had inside and outside the classroom will make all of it worth it. Many people have friends and family visiting this week for Thanksgiving as well, and we are all looking forward to the Thanksgiving dinner that Professor Hayes is hosting for us on Thursday evening. Many of us are planning Thanksgiving lessons for our classes this week and all the Italian students are eager to learn about this American holiday. All I know is that I have a LOT to be thankful for this year, and although I cannot be home with my family on this special holiday, I am sending all my love and thanks from the beautiful city of Florence. Happy Thanksgiving!!!


-Maggie Schmidt

It’s so hard to believe that we are already winding town to the tail end of the semester. Only 18... MORE

Thanksgiving in Europe

Posted by: on November 29, 2013   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

Happy Thanksgiving


Last night we all gathered for Thanksgiving dinner at Hauerwas’ apartment — a wonderful potluck of dishes shared by all.

A whole turkey ordered at Mercato Centrale and cooked by the Hauerwas’ in their small oven. Cranberries and Brown Sugar brought from the states by Marissa’s family who was visit provided special ingredients for homemade cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

20131128-194848.jpg 20131128-194631.jpg











Mashed potatoes made with Michaela’s grandomother’s recipe and Rice Stuffing made with Lauren’s family recipe. Nicole and Kathryn A provided us green vegetables. Hayley’s special Brie appetizer, Erin H (Fairfield staff) spinach and fresh parmesan dip, and Syliva’s nuts and olives (Fairfield staff) were a wonderful way to start our meal. Lilli, Kathryn G and Kiley’s deserts rounded out our meal and our full bellies 🙂

20131128-205545.jpg 20131128-194544.jpg 20131128-194820.jpg

The evening ended with a roaring game of charades — The Andreas (Kathryn and her parents) were clearly the best performers of us all!

20131128-205522.jpg 20131128-205532.jpg




In Belfast, the students had Thanksgiving dinner put on by Stranmillis and IFSA Butler.


What I am thankful for this year is the opportunity to explore the world as well as my family and friends being healthy and happy! Michele S.

“I am thankful for my family, my friends and this experience abroad”– Kati P
“I am thankful for my parents for giving me the opportunity to have this incredible experience of studying abroad in Belfast. I am also thankful for Skype which allowed me to be apart of my family’s thanksgiving dinner!  – Colleen C

In Florence this week, Dr. Hauerwas observed several of us as we taught our Italian classes about our American holiday Thanksgiving –including some new words, a little history, a little culture and some geography. Key words included: Pilgrims, Native American, Mayflower, Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Thankful.


In Language and Literacy class on Thanksgiving night we took a few moments to reflect on all we were grateful for this year.

I am thankful for the opportunity to study abroad in Italy.  Thanks Mom and Dad!!! Lauren F

I am thankful for the wonderful friends and family I have at home and for the new friends that I have made here in Italy. Ariana F

I am thankful for all of the wonderful new experiences the I have had this semester, my brothers, and my family. Kathryn G

I am thankful for the opportunity to learn more about language learning with the PC students and the children of Florence as well as the lasting memories my husband, sons and I will have of living in Florence and exploring many Italian cities. Dr. Hauerwas

I am so thankful for the friends that have become family in this beautiful country! I could not have asked for a better Thanksgiving Dinner thanks to all who cooked and especially the Hauerwas’ who hosted!! Kathryn A.

I am extremely thankful for the amazing opportunities I have been given while studying abroad in Italy as well as the amazing friends I have made. I could not have asked for a better experience and I am so grateful for my family that provided it for me! Hayley F.

I am thankful for my family, health, and all of the opportunities that I have been given throughout my life—especially the chance to come abroad and become so close to so many new people! Nicole O.

I am thankful for my amazing friends and family, who have guided me, supported me, and helped me grow into the person I am today. Justine H.

I am thankful for all of the different types of learning opportunities this abroad experience has given me. I have had the opportunity to learn new things about the world, people of different cultures, my peers, and most of all myself! Lilli

I am thankful for the friendships that have come from this Italian experience, and the opportunities that I have been presented with that have allowed me to grow as an individual in many different aspects. I am thankful for my Family for providing me with this chance and for supporting me throughout the whole process. Kiley R.



Happy Thanksgiving Last night we all gathered for Thanksgiving dinner at Hauerwas’ apartment — a wonderful potluck of dishes shared... MORE