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Home Away From Home

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Parent and Child


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"Last spring, I had the opportunity and privilege to study abroad in Florence, Italy. Although I give myself a certain amount of credit for this chance in a lifetime, I owe most of the reward to my parents. Without their unconditional support - a mix of love, discipline, and of course, additional money - and overwhelming faith in me, I would have never left the many comfort zones of home. However, I am so thankful I did. To my surprise, the connection I made with my surroundings in the spaces of Florence, in particular Piazza di Santa Croce, turned out to be what I consider my closest understanding of not only myself, but God. In such a short time - all but four months - my faith magnified before my eyes."

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