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Danielle DeSimone

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"And now…let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure." – Albus Dumbledore, J.K. Rowling

Danielle graduated from the University of Mary Washington with degrees in English, creative writing, and Italian. She lived in southern Italy for five years and has so far traveled to fifteen countries, in addition to studying abroad in Bath, England and Bologna, Italy. Next up in her travel plans: Iceland! Danielle is currently the social media manager and assistant editor at the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), where she gets to combine her loves of writing, Instagram, and pasta.

Articles By Danielle DeSimone

7 Top Colleges in Italy for Study Abroad Published 04 Dec 2017

Italy is one of the top countries for study abroad students and there’s it’s no wonder as to why—rich history, beautiful vistas, an award-winning food culture, and friendly locals? Studying abroad in Italy is the dream! Because Italy is so popular, the...

Applying for University Abroad? Here’s How to do it Right Published 06 Nov 2017

You know what’s better than study abroad? Attending universities abroad all four years instead! Trust us when we say: if you think studying abroad for a summer or semester would change your life, imagine how incredible it would be to spend your entire ...

What is a Gap Year? Just Wait 'til You Find Out Published 01 Nov 2017

As you enter into your final year of high school, all you’ll hear and talk is: where are you going to university? After dedicating the past few years to endless, difficult schoolwork, clubs, and volunteer work, what university are you planning on...

9 Paid Summer Internships for College Students in 2018 Published 12 Oct 2017

GoAbroad helps you learn how to find paid summer internshipsSo, you’re on the hunt of that elusive unicorn in the world of work experience: paid summer internships. People will say you’re crazy, they’ll say they don’t exist… but, guess what? Paid summe...

Are Language Immersion Programs All They’re Cracked up to be? Published 20 Sep 2017

If you’ve been thinking learning another language, you’ve probably heard or read the words “Language Immersion Schools.” Sure, you could go abroad, take a few language classes, practice the subjunctive tense, and come home – but what if there was...

Working Holiday Visas: Are You Qualified? Published 18 Sep 2017

College graduation is looming in the distance (or in the rearview mirror) and you could, of course, settle down, apply for a responsible job in your hometown, and be perfectly happy. Or…you could apply for a Working Holiday Visa abroad, and work in ano...

Why Graduate School in Europe is the RIGHT Call Published 11 Sep 2017

With student loans, a competitive job market, and the prospect of even more all-nighters, the idea of graduate school can be a little intimidating. After all, U.S. graduate programs have a reputation for being costly and time-consuming affairs. But, we...

Forget Skiing, Check Out These 7 Senior Trip Ideas Published 01 Sep 2017

It’s your senior year of high school and you’re just one year away from your next adventure, whether that’s college, a gap year, or employment. You know that means? That means it’s the perfect time to take your senior trip ideas to the next level. Forg...

The Best Way to Volunteer Abroad Published 18 Aug 2017

Volunteering abroad is a serious commitment. Unlike other forms of traveling abroad, volunteering puts you directly in the lives of people from other countries, cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles. You are a guest in their home, and because of that, you ...

7 Travel Abroad Scholarships Because You Like Free Money & Adventures Published 13 Jul 2017

If you’re going to follow your dreams abroad, you’re going to need them dolla dolla bills, y’all. There are plenty of ways to make traveling more affordable (strict budgets, cooking at home/the hostel, couchsurfing, etc.), but it’s undeniable: travelin...

Your Study Abroad Essay Made Easy Published 03 Jul 2017

How to Write a Unique Study Abroad EssaySometimes, the process of studying abroad can feel almost as difficult as applying for college. You have to choose the country you want to study in, compare and contrast programs (hint: MyGoAbroad), collect your ...

Serious About Fluency? Choose Intensive Language Programs Published 19 Jun 2017

Why Intensive Language Programs? So you’ve decided you don’t want to just walk the walk – you want to talk the talk. Today, more and more students are choosing to focus on language learning programs abroad as a way to truly immerse themselves and learn...

6 Suh-WEET Student Travel Sites to Bookmark Published 06 Jun 2017

Making traveling for students a realityAlthough you may not always want to do your homework, getting the most out of your travel experience means doing your research. If you want the most affordable student airfare deals, hottest restaurant scenes, and...

Experiential Travel Advice for Not-So-Average Teens Published 24 May 2017

Experience the World with Experiential TravelSo you’ve been thinking what you’d like to do with your summer or with your gap year before college, and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t imagine yourself lifeguarding at the local pool, or g...

How to Get a Job Overseas With No Experience Published 09 May 2017

Once you catch the travel bug, it can be hard to squash. Although honestly – who would want to? After getting a taste of the freedom, excitement, and personal growth that being abroad can give you, you’ll always be trying to find a way back to the othe...

How to Get Scholarships to Study Abroad Without Wasting Your Time  Published 21 Jul 2017

Get a scholarship for studying abroad — fastDon’t let study abroad costs get you down. A common misconception study abroad is that it is unaffordable, but guess what? There are literally thousands of study abroad scholarships and grants out there...

How to Study Abroad: High School, College, & Beyond Published 20 Mar 2017

How to study abroad?So you’ve decided you want it all—not just high school, college, and a swanky degree, but also global, life-changing experiences that will change who you are as a person and how you see the world. In other words, you want to study a...

The Lowdown on Internships in London Published 15 Mar 2017

If you’re looking to gain valuable work skills abroad in a city that is quite possibly the center of everything in Europe, then look no further: London is the place to be. Internships in London offer students and young professionals the incredible oppo...

7 Short Term Internships Abroad if You’re Short on Time Published 27 Feb 2017

In our crazy, fast-paced world, it’s hard to find time to do anything nowadays. For students and recent graduates looking to gain new experience and boost their resume, it can be difficult to make the time to just do your laundry, let alone snag intern...

Study Abroad Summer 2018 is Calling Your Name! Published 23 Aug 2017

The hottest accessory this year? A few dozen stamps on your passport. Trust us when we say: Study Abroad summer 2018 is the ONLY way to spend your precious time off school. Since we’ve got no time to waste, you should jump start planning your summer ad...

7 Ways High School Exchange Programs Are Better Than the Movies Published 02 Jan 2017

We’ve all seen the movie: a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed student packs up his/her bag, soars off in a plane into a clear blue sky, and arrives in a brand new country, alone but ready for the adventure of a lifetime. What comes next is one and half to t...

10 Reasons to Fall in Love with a Gap Year in Australia Published 19 Dec 2016

These days, more and more students are choosing to participate in gap year programs after high school. Gap year programs are an excellent way to see the world and gain real life experience before venturing into the great big world of higher education. ...

Here's Where You Want to Teach Abroad in 2018 Published 20 Jun 2017

Where should I teach abroad in 2018?It’s never too soon to start planning your next (PAID!) adventure abroad, and we’re here to help! For those looking to make real connections with new people and cultures while earning a bit of cash, teaching English ...

Published 27 Oct 2016

Just off the tip of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and the more rustic counterpart to its mother country of Italy. Colonized by Greeks, ruled by Romans, invaded by Arabs, jobs in Sicily expose ex...

Published 25 Oct 2016

Florence, the capital of the region of Tuscany, is one of the most widely celebrated and visited cities in the world. Although known for its vibrant history during the Italian Renaissance and its vast collection of art, today Florence continues to be ...

The Worst Travel Inspo You’ll Ever Read Published 24 Oct 2016

There’s #TravelInspo everywhere in the world; from Instagram hashtags to your favorite cousin’s recent trip to Iceland, you’re constantly surrounded by pictures, articles, stories, books, and movies that are showing you the best (and worst) of travelin...

20 Places to Learn Spanish Now Published 03 Oct 2016

Today, Spanish is one of the most important and widely-spoken languages in the world. With over 400 million people speaking it daily, gaining Spanish language skills will open doors to numerous opportunities, as well as give you the tools to make new f...

10 Hands-On Subjects to Study in the UK as a High School Student Published 19 Sep 2016

Calling all Anglophiles: today’s the day you decide to not only study in the UK, but also to choose a subject that will allow you to dive headfirst into British culture. Study abroad in England in high school is all immersing yourself in another ...

11 Things You Should Know About Teaching English in Spain Published 14 Sep 2016

ESL teachers in Spain? Yeah, they’re an elite group of instructors. They work in one of the most competitive TEFL locations in the world, shaping young minds Monday through Friday, and spending their weekends at las playas. Teaching English in Spain is...

10 Watercooler Conversation Tips for International Interns Published 08 Sep 2016

International internships are not just the work (well, don’t slack off, they’re mostly the work). Your international internship is also learning to work in a multicultural environment with people from all different backgrounds.  The ...

9 People You Won’t Meet On Your High School Study Abroad Program Published 19 Aug 2016

While you’ve been prepping for your high school study abroad program, you probably (re: should be) reading up on historical sites, researching the best coastlines and mountain peaks you want to visit, and picking out the perfect Instagram-worthy outfit...

Back to School: Keeping it Cool Post-Study Abroad Published 09 Aug 2016

Welcome back from your high school study abroad program! Whether you were abroad for a few weeks, months, or a year, you’ve just come back from a life-changing experience that you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life. After having such an incred...

A Guide to Studying International Relations in Italy Published 05 Aug 2016

Located in southern central Europe, Italy has been involved in the most significant global politics of the past century. Today, Italy continues to be an influential nation in international politics and trade, both within the European Union and through...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Torino Published 05 Aug 2016

As the former capital of three kingdoms, Turin (or “Torino”) is a world-famous city filled with a history in Italian politics, beautiful artwork, and incredibly diverse architecture. However, Torino is far more than just a pretty neo-class...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Cambridge Published 25 Jul 2016

Cambridge has been home to Romans, Vikings, King William of Normandy, and Pink Floyd. Most importantly, Cambridge has been home to one of the top five universities in the world: the centuries-old University of Cambridge. Today, Cambridge is still fill...

What Makes Spain Perfect for High School Study Abroad Programs? Published 18 Jul 2016

You want the Lizzie McGuire movie experience, but with a little less Italian pop and a little bit more flamenco flair. While we can’t guarantee that international singing sensations will fall in love with you during your high school study abroad advent...

How to Make a Lasting Impression at Your International Internship Published 14 Jul 2016

Scoring an international internship could be the first step to getting a job abroad, but don’t let your weeks, months, or years of earned professional experience just be another bullet point on your resume. Take the time to really make an impression at...

How To Ruin Your ESL Classroom In 10 Easy Steps Published 05 Jul 2016

Mr. Feeny might have made teaching look easy, but the reality is working as an ESL teacher abroad is an incredible, exhausting, and humbling experience that allows you to see the world while forging very real connections with children all over the worl...

Studying Abroad Senior Year: It Sounds Crazy, But Here’s How! Published 29 Jun 2016

One day you’re standing in the doorway of your first college dorm room, the next, you’re seeing how precariously you can pile trash in your trashcan and looking at your final year as a university student. You’ve accomplished so much over these past yea...

10 Things Every Teen Should Know Before Studying Abroad in France Published 13 May 2016

You’re to study abroad in France and you’re ready for everything, the daily croissants, the striped shirts and berets, your afternoons along the Seine, and the handsome Frenchman or woman who will sweep you off your teenage-feet and escort you do...

Reverse Culture Shock: Expectation Vs. Reality Published 10 May 2016

Before you started your study abroad summer, semester, or year, you probably heard a lot culture shock. You might have even experienced a little of it (along with a healthy dose of homesickness). But, what is too-often overlooked is the idea of r...

Why Does Traveling Make You Feel Like Your Best Self? Published 10 Jul 2017

Why do we feel so great when we travel? Is it the prospect of finally snapping that perfect picture of the Eiffel Tower? Is it the endless amount of delicious, new food (probably not, but it certainly helps!)? Is it meeting new people from exciting new...

How to Pack for Your Multi-Country, Multi-Adventure Eurotrip Published 16 Apr 2016

Let’s be honest: as much as we all love a good pan au chocolat with our coffee as we overlook the Seine, sometimes we want to explore Europe beyond the museums and sparkling capital cities. We want an experience served up a little differently than the ...

4 Template Letters to Convince Your Parents to Let You Study Abroad Published 01 Mar 2016

So you’ve decided to study abroad and you couldn’t be any more jazzed it. In fact, you’re already preparing for your new life across the ocean by practicing your Korean karaoke or sipping on cappuccinos, imagining life by the Seine. However, the...

9 Things to Know Before Internships in Italy Published 17 Feb 2016

So you’re to embark on an internship abroad in Italy and you think you’re all set. After all, what more is there to Italy beside pizza? (Hint: it’s not ALL the pizza…although, yes, there is a lot of pizza). Interning abroad in Italy is an i...

Why Culture Shock is Good for Teens Published 08 Feb 2016

Your teenage years are the time that you start figuring out who you are and what you want out of life, which makes it the perfect time to go abroad. Traveling or studying in another country on  teen travel programs often has the side effect of Culture ...

12 Ways to Make the Most of Teen Travel Programs Abroad Published 11 Jan 2016

You’ve decided to go abroad on a teen travel program, congratulations! You’re to start a lifelong love affair with travel, and going abroad at a young age means that you’ll carry these experiences with you in all of your future adventures - wheth...

10 Unexpected Joys of Studying Abroad in England Published 22 Dec 2015

Spending a semester studying abroad in Jolly ol’ England will give you more than you bargained for. Speaking from experience, my semester studying in Bath impacted me beyond an affinity for breakfast beans and an appreciation for “mindi...

A Guide to Studying Mathematics Abroad Published 17 Aug 2015

As the saying goes, “math is a universal language.” Those students looking to study mathematics abroad will have the distinct advantage of knowing a “language” that surpasses all cultural and political boundaries. Taking your m...

A Guide to Studying Abroad in Bologna Published 17 Jun 2015

You can see the city of Bologna from miles away, not only because of its red and deep orange-hued buildings (for which it is famous), but also because of the infamous two towers piercing the city skyline at a precariously crooked angle. Noteworthy, fu...

5 Subjects You MUST Study Abroad in Italy Published 13 May 2015

Italy has curated a long-standing reputation of excellence in both arts and humanities, rooted in its century-old history as a cultural hub of Western Europe. Today, Italy continues to be a leading force in these fields, making subjects related to arts...

Should I Study Abroad in Torino or Milan? Published 29 Apr 2015

You’ve chosen to study abroad in Italy, one of the most beautiful and pizza-laden countries in the world, but now comes the hard part: which city to study in? When researching study abroad programs in Italy, you’ll find that some locations are more pop...

Should I Study Abroad in England or Italy? Published 20 Apr 2015

The choice of where to study abroad can be an extremely difficult decision when there are so many incredible cities, countries, and continents to choose from. Two of the most popular destinations for study abroad include England and Italy. While the de...

Why Study Abroad in Southern Italy Published 02 Mar 2015

When researching which cities to study abroad in Italy, you are bound to come across a repetition of a few big names: Rome, Florence, Milan, and Venice. Although all of these cities are exciting cultural capitals of Italy, students ofte...

A Guide to Interning Abroad in Torino Published 19 Feb 2015

A mosaic of history and modern industry, classical architecture and graffiti-lined streets, traditional Italian cuisine and a booming chocolate market: Torino is one of Italy’s most popular working cities and is an excellent place to intern abro...