Rachel Pellegrino spent 11 weeks virtually studying and interning in Florence, Italy. Her global journey started with an introduction through an Italian culture course. The class focused on Italian history, geography, art, literature, food, media, and the economy. During the three-week period, Rachel grasped important cultural concepts and developed her intercultural fluency. She was able to use these skills and knowledge throughout the duration of her global experience where she interned with an Italian newspaper, Magenta Florence.
For eight weeks, Rachel wrote, researched, and edited articles relating to Italian art & leisure. These articles were published on Magenta Florence’s website. Some of her favorite articles were “The Return of the ‘Pitti Uomo’ Men’s Fashion Fair” and “The 2021 Florence Dance Festival, Act 1 and Act 2”. Writing about Italian events and news gave Rachel a glimpse into Italian life and her passion towards her future career in journalism. Even though her programs were virtual, she is forever grateful for the people she has met along this journey. As she enters her senior year, Rachel looks forward to where these experiences and knowledge will take her in life. She hopes to one day visit Florence, meet the people that she virtually interacted with, and explore the places she learned and wrote about. Her travel bucket list includes: Piazzale Michelangelo, Serre Torrigiani, Giardino di Boboli, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio and many more places. This opportunity has taught her that the world is vast. There are innumerable places waiting to be explored, experiences to be lived, and a future that is ever-changing.