Originally from New Hampshire, Jessica L. Parisi studied abroad in Florence with the Smith College Junior Year Abroad Study Program in 2004. After graduating in 2006 with a B.A. in Italian Language and Literature from Smith College in Massachusetts, Jessica attended the Polimoda Institute in Florence to pursue a Master in Marketing Management for Fashion Buying. She has had extensive experience within the fashion industry in Italy, working in the past for Calvin Klein, United Colors of Benetton and lastly for Guess? Handbags. She has recently decided to change careers, and is currently pursuing a degree in animal care and veterinary medicine. In addition to her love for animals, she is also a runner and freelance translator.
A sea of purple floods the streets of Florence; a giant wave of super-charged energy and excitement takes over the city by storm. The thunder of footsteps on the age-old cobblestone streets echoes off the surrounding buildings. All around, you can hear people clapping and cheering, and every