Grazie Mille, Firenze

When I got the email that our study abroad program had been canceled, I had the same reaction as I’m sure every other study abroad student had: absolute devastation. I had been watching the news updates all week as other programs in Florence were getting sent home, but I just couldn’t believe that we would…

Overcoming the Challenges of Studying Abroad

As one would expect, studying abroad in a foreign country for a semester is much different than a typical semester spent in Oakland. Before arriving in Florence, I anticipated having things like a language barrier, unfamiliar surroundings, and making new friends as obstacles to overcome. However, one challenge I did not expect was adjusting to…

Apartment Living in Florence

Ciao! As part of the CAPA Florence program, I was placed in an apartment that has become my “home away from home” for the semester. I decided to go random for roommates because I didn’t know anyone from Pitt going on the program, and I ended up being placed with three other girls. One of…

Ciao Dall’Italia!

Ciao! My name is Alyssa Fortes and I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Business Information Systems and Supply Chain Management with a certificate in Business Analytics. I am originally from the north hills area of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Hampton High School. I transferred to the University of Pittsburgh…