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Around the World with the Big Green: Abigail Holden, Italy

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Abigail and some friends at the Leaning Tower of Pisa     By Dartmouth
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This fall, the women's lacrosse junior class will be spending the term away from Hanover in places from South Africa to Colorado. In the coming weeks the student-athletes will provide updates from their adventures.

Abigail Holden (Alexandria, Va.), JR, Midfield
Holden contributed six points in 11 games played last spring and ended on a high note, playing her best lacrosse at the end of the season

This term I am living in the heart of Florence, Italy in a beautiful apartment and studying Italian at Linguaviva International School. I live with three girls from Holland and one from Texas, who also attend my school. Every morning we walk by vendors and small shops on our way to class along the gorgeous city streets of Florence. Neighboring our apartment is the main central food market with fresh fruit and meat unlike anything I have ever had in America, while the leather market on our street attracts hundreds of tourists from all over the world.

The diverse school I am attendingincludes students from over thirty different nationalities, which helps improve their language skills as Italian is our common means of communication. The program that I came to Florence through, called "Global Experiences," not only set me up with a language program and housing, but also assisted in finding an internship in the city for my final two months here. As an art history major, I will be working in a family-owned art gallery in the center of Florence. The language classes are essential because I will be expected to speak fluent Italian for the internship.

Global Experiences also promotes travel on the weekends so that their students can get a true worldly experience. I have already traveled to Pisa and seen the famous leaning tower, and I plan on traveling throughout other European countries during my time here.