Happy New Year everyone!

Let’s begin 2013 by getting to know one of our fundraisers – Jonathan Boyden – who is in the process of raising funds for his trip to Florence, Italy.

Discover how passionate he is with Italian culture and what drives him to pursue his dream to study in this lovely Italian city.

  •   How will study abroad affect you as a person?

I believe that studying abroad will force me to learn more about myself. Initially, I expect the new environment to rattle me in such a way that it causes me to take note of how I operate as a person in order to blend in my new surroundings. Learning even more specific qualities about myself will enrich the way I can contribute to the world, because I will have an even stronger awareness of myself. I also strongly believe that studying in Florence will shine light on things I take for granted in America. I don’t know what those things are or possibly will be, but I am extremely excited to find out what they are. I love working with people, and living life with people in a completely different setting will sharpen my interpersonal skills. It will increase my versatility in interacting with people across many cultural contexts.

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