After wanting to go to Italy since I was a child, coming to Urbino has been the best introduction to this country that I could have possibly had. I’ve loved everything about this little renaissance town, from the rich history and gorgeous architecture, to the vibrant nightlife and quirky locals. While I won’t miss sweating through my clothes climbing Urbino’s hills to get to class every day, the lack of cars is so refreshing after going to school in Toronto. I leave this program feeling more confident in my abilities as a reporter, and as a writer. I am finally comfortable with a camera that I’ve had for years, but didn’t really know how to use until now. All the language barriers and roadblocks that I have encountered here—and my ability to overcome them—has made me a better journalist. I am leaving Italy with a newfound interest in art history, and more motivation than ever before to learn the Italian language. I plan to be fluent by the time I come back. And I will be back.