Hi, my name is Carolyne Warner, and I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh. I am majoring in accounting and may pursue a double major in Finance. I grew up in Harleysville, PA, which is about 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia. At Pitt, I am actively involved in Pitt Club Field Hockey, Phi Chi Theta, and Alpha Epsilon Phi. Over the summer I am interning for PricewaterhouseCoopers as an audit intern. I am excited for what the future holds but currently I am studying abroad in Florence, Italy through the CAPA program. The Global Business Institute: Florence through CAPA has been a great experience. Originally, I chose CAPA because of the courses that the program provided. My goals for the program include learning more about the history of Florence in addition to fully embracing the Florentine culture.
All my courses are taught by professors who work for the CAPA program. CAPA is located in one building and it is only a two minute walk from my apartment. There are several classrooms and a common area to study, to relax, or to meet new people. At CAPA I am taking Exploring and Analyzing the Global City: Florence, Global Workforce Management, Italian, and International Finance. All my classes are relatively small and there are only eight students in my Italian class. Besides Italian, there are students from other universities in my classes, so I have enjoyed meeting new people. Italian is a Pitt only class. Learning Italian over the past few weeks has been so interesting because I am learning a language in a place that I can practice it outside of the classroom. We all have so much fun in Italian class! There are many differences between CAPA and Pitt. CAPA is a lot smaller with around 220 students in the whole program and Pitt is a large school. My classes are all less than 30 students, which is different compared to the large lectures at Pitt. I am also taking less credits abroad, so I have been able to explore Florence in my free time. A huge part of the study abroad experience is learning about the city you are living in. On Tuesdays and Fridays, I do not have any classes, so I dedicate these days to seeing a new place in Florence. I enjoy going on walks to learn about the culture and the environment around me. I have found some of the prettiest neighborhoods just walking around and exploring.
I live in the Historic City Center in the Santa Croce neighborhood. I have a direct view of the Duomo from my bedroom window, so every morning I am reminded of how grateful I am to be living in a new city. I live with five other girls. My direct roommate, Taylor Madison, is from Pitt and my four other roommates are from Indiana University. I have really enjoyed my living situation; the location is great, and it has been fun living with girls from a different school.
I cannot wait to share more about my experience abroad!
Below are some photos from my first month in Florence.