Life in Italy and life in the U.S. are two completely different worlds. When I was a little kid, living in Northern California, I thought there was no other place like home. I thought all of my future lay within the country that I was standing in. I was wrong though - big time! When I was eight and we came to Italy, at first I didn’t like anything about it. After we had been in Florence less than a year, my parents told me that we were going to extend our stay for another year or longer. I responded by saying to them, ‘I agreed to come to Italy for one year, but I miss our house. I miss my school. I miss my friends. This is my childhood and I want to go home’. Then, as four years went by, I slowly grew accustomed to the Italian culture. Living on both sides of the pond has been a lot of fun. This great experience leads me to only one dilemma - where am I going to live for the rest of my education? This is a tough decision because when I am in Italy, a wave of nostalgia hits me out of nowhere, and when I am in the U.S., I long for Italy. I’ve finally realized that each place has its pros and cons. A pro about Italy is that the scenery and living environment are much more beautiful than in the U.S. In America, many properties are divided into quarter-acre lots and have no land surrounding them. The architecture is often uninteresting, so there is a sameness that gets dull.