Culture Shock

Before starting my program, I was warned about the effects of culture shock. I heard the phrase over and over again, but I just thought I wouldn’t experience this while I was abroad. Boy, was I wrong. It is hard to go to a completely new place where nothing is the same as where you…

The 3 Lessons I’ve Learned – Blog #3

It is the fifth week of my program and it seems like every day I have a moment of realization that I am in Sydney. Each day I constantly remind myself to take a step back and appreciate my surroundings. Because I am mostly around CAPA students who are also American, it doesn’t truly seem…

Adventures Across the Pond

I can’t believe that I have almost been in London for six weeks! It honestly feels like so much longer as I am ingrained in the culture already. I have been doing some cool things recently. Despite it being midterms week, and since I’m drowning in work a little, let’s take a look down memory…

Must-Sees in Firenze

This past weekend, my parents visited me in lovely Florence, and we went to all of the must-see places in the city! For those who are looking to visit Florence, I have some recommendations for you from this weekend and thus far on my study abroad experience. My top three places to visit include Piazza…

Living the Sunnylife!

A big component of my semester in London is my international internship at Sunnylife. Although I was nervous in the moment, I am now appreciative of the fact that I interviewed with my company prior to arriving in London. I felt significantly more comfortable and excited after just one Skype call with two members of…

Basically a Local

Hey everyone! WOW. I can’t believe it’s been over a month in Sydney so far. Time is zooming by, and that flight home is going to spring up on me. It’s amazing what happens in a month. My first week here, I was hopelessly confused and scared of getting lost on public transport. Fast forward…

Learning AND Teaching: The “Study” in “Study Abroad”

Wait- remember the “study” aspect of “study abroad”? As much fun as it is to be immersed a whole new culture, and even explore others on the weekends, I really do go to school- I even enjoy it. With the CAPA program I am taking two art classes: Oil Painting and Foundations of Drawing, as…

How Are You Going?

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s been one month since I first landed in Sydney. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun! As promised in my last post, I wanted to update everyone on my internship, classes, and what else I’ve explored in Sydney.  I am a Media and Communications Intern at…

Carnevale … and midterms

This past weekend was the opening celebration of Carnevale 2019 in Venice, with the first part festival taking place on Saturday night, followed by the second part on Sunday morning. With 130 boats traveling from Punta della Dogana all the way down the Cannaregio, it was quite the sight to see. However, while this weekend…

Expectation vs. Reality

Buon giorno.  I’ve been it Italy for about a month now, and some things have met my expectations and some things have been different than what I was expecting.  Two of my classes meet once a week for three hours. I’m not used to being in class for three hours straight, so I was nervous…