Studying abroad is not a vacation. However, if you are heading to a holiday magnet like Florence for a year or for the summer, friends and acquaintances will most likely exclaim, ‘Oh, what fun!' Yet, with studying abroad, as with other momentous life events, the word ‘fun' doesn't begin to cover the experience. Granted, if all goes well, there will be many fun moments: watching the sun rise over the Ponte Vecchio with new friends, questing for the best gelato in Florence, attending outdoor concerts in a piazza, and well - fill in your own adventure. What people often forget is that study abroad is not just about ‘what you do', it's also about ‘who you become.'