New story, new semester

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Spring semester is well underway at Marist College in Poughkeepsie! Classes were delayed until 2 PM today due to the mass amount of snow––lucky for me, I don’t have any classes on Wednesday 🙂

Pre-season for lacrosse is intense and demanding (mentally and physically), but I’m really looking forward to the season. We have a great schedule of games from February-May. I’m working on a project I will announce shortly related to lax!

I can proudly announce I will be the copywriting intern at Fingerpaint Marketing this summer in Saratoga Springs, New York. I’m so stoked about the opportunity to work in an ad agency not too far from home. Plus, I’ll be able to see my grandparents a lot this summer!

Aside from interning at The BOMA Project,  watching the entire “Sex and the City” series, spending quality time with friends and family, and working out over the winter break, I accomplished my goal of writing three stories for the Manchester Journal. The one linked below is my most recent one about one my favorite pastime––cherishing European cafes! Mystic Cafe and Wine Bar opened on Main Street in November, and I spent a lot of time there in the gorgeous space. I highly recommend checking it out!

Classes this semester:

  • Honors seminar: Bookmaking and memoir
  • Intro to Stats
  • Applied Research and Analytics
  • PR Writing Tools
  • Research and Consumer Insights

Getting back into the swing of things is exhausting, but it feels good too! Stay warm & safe. xo ~ e.

New wine bar offers cozy European atmosphere



December Update

Friday, December 8, 2017

Today is my last day of classes for the 2017 fall semester! It’s hard to believe sophomore year is halfway over. Next semester I’ll have new classes and be in season for lacrosse. Everyone in our house is sick unfortunately. The stress of finals, cold weather, and close proximity to other stressed college students is a recipe for a disaster! Hopefully this two week virus is on its way out.

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It’s nice being home for the holiday season even though I do miss Florence and the lights that lined the cobblestone streets.







I was so happy to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family at my grandparents’ house. It was our last Turkey Day feast at their beloved home in White Creek. We feasted hard.


Home is wherever she is

There’s a wonderful new coffee shop in Hoosick Falls. I went Black Friday shopping for the first time this year with Fayla and Preston. We stopped in on our way back from Crossgates. I will be back!

Lacrosse is officially over until 2018. We’re still lifting and conditioning on our own. Last week we concluded with some good ole fitness testing! My new mode of transportation: on the back of Julia’s bike!


Saturday we escaped to Manhattan after a late night Friday. We met a Carrie Bradshaw-like young woman who works in advertising. She treated us to brunch at The Smile in downtown. We connected with her through Tahiti!


The Giving Tree is up on campus. We heard a lot about this tradition prior to attending Marist, so it’s nice seeing it live and in person.


That’s what’s new with me! xo ~e.

What I’ve recently worked on…

Video for my digital toolbox final

What I’m listening to…



I Don’t Believe We’ve Met


What I’m reading…

Goodbye to All That


What I’m watching…



Emma: Intern Edition

Thursday, June 8, 2017

As I sit here writing on a Thursday evening waiting for my dinner to be ready (yes, it’s nearly 9 PM), I fondly recall how two months ago I would be reveling in the start to my typical three-day weekends in Florence. But my freshman year abroad days are sadly over, and I have a full eight hour work day tomorrow. The good news is is that tomorrow is my last day of Vermont Country Store intern orientation! The interns and I have had an incredible week learning about the company and meeting many hardworking and friendly professionals. The highlight was seeing my dad up in North Clarendon during our tour. Tomorrow we are visiting both retail locations in Weston and Rockingham; I’ve always loved trying the samples in the stores and grabbing a cone at Mildred’s Dairy Bar.

My first task as an intern was to launch the 2017 summer intern blog. You can stay up to date with our projects here; all interns contribute to daily posts. I kicked it off with The First Day: Summer 2017 Orientation Kick Off. It’s a great group of college students (and a graduate). It will be a very fun summer with them at VCS! I’m a working girl in a working world. xo ~ e.

What’s Next…?

I originally created this blog so my friends and family could stay up to date with my life in Florence. I accomplished my goal to blog every day while I was in Europe, and now I find myself back in the United States with a different lifestyle, one that perhaps is not as exciting or adventurous as my lifestyle in Firenze. With that said, it seems silly to not utilize my blog anymore. I still love sharing my writing with an audience, and I thank each and every reader for following along. Throughout the next several months, you can expect my less frequent blog posts to be about:

  • Travel tips
  • Life as a college intern
  • What to do in southern Vermont and surrounding area this summer
  • Stories about unordinary happenings
  • Recipes for simple and inexpensive dishes
  • Interviews of other people who have recently traveled
  • Healthy daily routines
  • The challenges of ‘adulting’ and being a ‘millennial’ during this day in age
  • ‘A Day in the Life’ posts
  • Opinion pieces on current culture
  • DIY ideas

I will also work on changing up the layout/format of and adding content to my blog. For example, I’ve updated my FAQ page and added a ‘Work with Me’ page. Be sure to give them a glance! I am still fairly new to blogging, and I am trying to find my own unique voice and brand which is challenging due to the thousands of amazing bloggers there currently are. Your support and encouragement is very motivating though. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and tell me what you’d like to see more/less of. I am going to be the most authentic blogger I can be, and I hope you will continue reading! xo ~ e.

Cinco de Mayo

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I can’t say many American college students celebrate this holiday for the ‘correct’ reasons… But it is a very important holiday in Mexico (May 5 is the date Mexico was surprisingly victorious of the French at the Battle of Puebla). In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo signifies a celebration of Mexican-American culture which should be celebrated!

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Sasha and I finally had coffee at this local cafe (Caffè Rosanò) on our street

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Due caffè latte per noi

We had classes today to make up for missed classes on Monday (Labor Day). For history, we walked to the train station to see Jewish memorials. I had no idea they were located there, and I’m sure many passing people are oblivious to them. I can understand why the memorials are at the train station, because that’s where Jews left their homes during the Holocaust. However, I don’t think they gain the respect and admiration they deserve in such a crowded transportation hub. I’m glad my professor pointed them out to us though.

A strange encounter happened when we stood outside the train station. A man (I don’t think he was completely there mentally) walked passed us and said, “Mussolini” while performing the Nazi salute. I don’t know if it was just an odd coincidence or if he knew he passed a class dedicated to the Holocaust and wanted to screw with us. We tried our best not to react, even though it took us by surprise and was very disrespectful– horrific even.

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Italian Jewish memorial at Firenze Santa Maria Novella

Nine of us went to Tijuana’s for margaritas tonight. There were so many kids I saw from my classes! It was really fun all being together, talking about our summer plans, and reflecting on our year. There will be lots of that in the remaining time here. Sasha and I shared a medio (medium) plate of nachos, and they were delicious! Tomorrow we are taking a day trip (planned by our RAs) to hot springs. Last free weekend of the school year, since next weekend is a study weekend! xo ~ e.

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Two hours after our reservation… 

Oui, Oui Paris!

Monday, March 27, 2017
We made it to Paris! 3 hours and 44 minutes via train from Amsterdam. Traveling on the ground feels more like passing through instead of soaring over; I like it. Our hostel with a private room is a ten minute walk from the Sacré-Cœur. We walked over three miles to the Eiffel Tower! There we sun bathed and played frisbee with two strangers. One was a young Italian man (we practiced our Italian) and the other was a girl “traveling aimlessly” from Canada. She was also just in Amsterdam! She told us “I hope you find love. If not here [in Paris], somewhere.” That was one of the most memorable experiences I’ll have of Paris. We ate Indian for dinner and had a long walk back to our place. We are exhausted but love Paris so far! It’s much bigger than any European city I’ve been to. More to check out tomorrow! xo ~ e.

*There’s romance seeping throughout the city. We couldn’t get over the adorable, posh, elderly couples and the young loves hanging out in the park together. 

Permesseo di Soggiorno

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The day has come. I finally have my Italian permit to stay (permesso) that lives in my passport cover. It only took nearly a year! The process of obtaining a study abroad visa and permit to stay in Italy started last summer. I clearly remember frantically gathering all required materials after careful hours at Staples (copies of identification documents, acceptance letters, financial statements) by myself; it was stressful then, and it was stressful here. I’ve sat at the immigration office in Florence for more than eight hours total, and we have had several appointments at locations throughout the city for the initial meeting, fingerprints, etc… I am certainly happy it is over!

Although the process was lengthy, time consuming, and frustrating at points, it has positively added to my study abroad experience. Every time I was in the immigration office, I felt like I had yet another glimpse of the world. This glimpse didn’t require a plane ticket or visa. Within a ten-minute walk, I was surrounded by people of different skin colors, languages, and stories. We were united in one office all for similar reasons. As gray and dull as the interior is, there is still warmth. There are always joyful children, making friends with each other, running around the wide hallway with their light up shoes, irritating the heck out of their parents. The peaceful babies in their strollers remind me of the days when I heavily depended on others to care for me. I especially admire the young Chinese girls laughing without a care in the world.

The immigration office also is a reminder of how grateful I am to be an American. A navy blue passport symbolizes a whole lot of significance—freedom, equality, democracy. It takes somewhere like an immigration office in Florence to acknowledge how so many people would do anything for an American passport. There’s no doubt the United States is currently faced with political struggles and the consequences of those struggles; however, Americans should never forget how lucky they are to be holders of those navy passports. Unfortunately, there are many who aren’t as lucky. xo ~ e.