Junior Katie Kline is studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Surrounded by the environment of Florence, Kline recommends taking as many pictures as possible. (Courtesy of Katie Kline)
Hello, readers! While I’ve been neglecting this column, I’ve been traveling all over Italy and slowly adopting the Italian lifestyle of la dolce vita in the process (if unintentionally). Since I feel like it’s worth expanding upon and this is my last study abroad column, I’ve compiled a list of 20 tips for bringing a little bit of Tuscany into your life:
- Eat when you are hungry, and only then. Be sure to savor the meal, and fully enjoy the flavors — if there is no flavor, why are you eating it?
- Dress practically, but be sure to always look presentable.
- “Quality over quantity” applies to everything: friends, shoes, clothes, books …
- If you are not deeply unhappy, smile. It makes you feel better in the end and makes you approachable to other people.
- You do not need a reason to be happy.
- If you’re less than 10 minutes late, you are not late, provided you are not trying to catch a form of public transportation.
- Life is too short for crappy processed foods, fake friends, passive aggression or bad wine.
- People will like you better once you’ve had coffee.
- Preservatives and Crocs are sins. Gelato is not.
- Walking should be your primary form of transportation, if only to allow you to enjoy living in the moment.
- Shoes are a big deal, and if you can’t spend five hours walking in them, they are basically useless.
- Life shouldn’t happen to you. You should happen to life.
- Everything should be done to the fullest: work, play, eating, emoting, I really do mean everything.
- It’s not about your body shape or your gender; it’s about your confidence.
- Don’t worry about the inevitable unhappiness between high points in your life. Quality of life is like a sine curve, it will always go back up again.
- What other people think of you is their problem, not yours. If you are a decent person, but nobody can see it, it is not your fault.
- Self-expression is necessary, whether it is some form of creative activity or merely involves being candid with others (often with lots of hand motions).
- You can never go back to the past, so enjoy the present before it becomes the past.
- If it needs to get done, it will get done. Don’t rush. You have a life to get everything done, and you should not waste your life stressing out about to-do lists.
- Enjoy your surroundings, even if they aren’t as gorgeous as Florence. Speaking of how gorgeous Florence is, take some pictures.