This experience has been nothing short of amazing. Though some of my favorite highlights included spending time with new friends, eating lots and lots of fantastic food, boat rides, and beach days, the classes I took will forever mean the most to me. I went into studying abroad thinking that I would just get through my classes so that I could enjoy other activities the rest of the day, but in everything I did in Florence, I ended up referencing what I had learned throughout my class times- I couldn’t get the lessons out of my head! I was so inspired by my professors and how well rounded they are. This has caused me to realize the importance of understanding all kinds of concepts, not just ones that you think are directly related to your field. Business students must be adaptable and ready for new ventures in areas they may originally not know much about. Knowledge is power, and I am eager to learn as much as I can about as many things as possible to hopefully one day be as cool as my amazing teachers!
Additionally, I used to be very embarrassed to ask questions in the professional world and also just in my social surroundings. I have developed through this trip and figured out that displaying interest and showing you care about doing something correctly is much more impressive than struggling to do it on your own. Professors, tour guides, and even service employees at the train station are all more than happy to help you- they actually love feeling useful. Secondly, I have discovered the importance of relationships. Professors really like to get to know their students and if you have shown that you care about your education, they will work with you to make sure you do well. In the future, I can definitely see myself reaching out to the staff at CAPA for job opportunities, references, etc. because of my eventual willingness to get to know them (they’re all the most interesting people ever). Lastly, getting involved is the best thing you can do while studying abroad and in life! If I had kept to myself and not taken up the different activities CAPA advertised like the boat tour along the Arno river, Opera night, the gelato tour, cooking class, and many museum visits, I would have never created such strong friendships or seen half as much of Florence as I did. It may be uncomfortable or even exhausting to participate at first, but it will be worth it in the end- I promise!