In addition to the thousands of Erasmus students from across Europe and around the world, every semester, some 4,000 American students enroll in over 40 study abroad programs to make Florence their campus. And every semester we make it a point to dedicate an issue of TF to the city's newest residents: all of you students! For many, it will be your first experience living in a country other than your own, and it may be overwhelming, even shocking. Our advice? Take it easy, and dig deep. We've put together a few ideas and insider tips to get you started, but we also challenge you to take it one step further: instead of treating Florence as your port of departure for Italy and Europe, why not make it your hometown? Get to know your barista, shop at the same market stands, engage in local traditions, keep your travel distance under 100km, try some locally sourced foods and keep Florence on your mind. This small town packs some major prospects... Welcome home!