Ryan Hess

Ryan Hess

Ryan's a writer currently studying abroad in Milan, Italy. Through everything, he tries to stay on the good side of Lady Fortuna. Try as he might, things usually go awry. His series collect those moments and lessons.

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Bring kindness to campus in International Random Acts of Kindness Week

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Bring kindness to campus in International Random Acts of Kindness Week

One of my favorite Kingsfoil songs, “Brave Love,” has a line that goes: “Maybe someday I will get it right, let honesty and kindness be the prize.” That line has stuck with me since the song released a couple months ago. It’s leading me to think about how warped our priorities are, perverted by expectations, […]

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A queen’s feast: a peek at Charlotte’s Restaurant Week

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
A queen’s feast: a peek at Charlotte’s Restaurant Week

Every year, I head up to Virginia in late October to go apple picking in Charlottesville followed by Richmond for restaurant week. We’d get a $25 meal at Millie’s five-star diner and swear by the food until the next year. Proceeds would go to charity, so it would fill not only our stomachs, but our […]

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You don’t know until you go: home is wherever you are

| December 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
You don’t know until you go: home is wherever you are

It’s Christmas time in Italy. The largest tree I have ever seen was placed in Piazza del Duomo by crane; she’s now receiving her strands of lightwork. There are so many red tents wrapping around the cathedral as Christmas markets take over Milan. Walking to school is now an event in and of itself. As […]

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You don’t know until you go: the X factor

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
You don’t know until you go: the X factor

My most surprising discovery from study abroad? My time. Wait, you mean something amazing pops up and I can go? What? I had the time to meet the design director of Ferrari, Paulo Coelho, espresso industry tycoons and upcoming authors. I had the time to go to a food festival, to taste wine in Tuscany, […]

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You don’t know until you go: the first unattractive step

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
You don’t know until you go: the first unattractive step

We’re 20-somethings with boundless dreams. Stuffed in our heads are all these ideas, stumbling over one another. We’ll talk a big game: “I can’t wait to study abroad, maybe next spring” — I can’t tell you how many times I heard that line when I mentioned Italy. Tomorrow is what stops you from today. We […]

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You don’t know until you go

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
You don’t know until you go

I have a hunch about why they say you “find yourself” when you travel. I’ve only been studying abroad in Milan for two weeks now, but it feels like two months. Everything accelerates so rapidly and the days stitch together so quickly that I don’t have a clue what’s going on most of the time. […]

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