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 (For Now)

Despite being sent home halfway through my study abroad program, I am so grateful for the experiences that I was able to have while living in Florence, Italy. The six weeks that I spent abroad have certainly shaped me into the person I am now.  Before the COVID-19 outbreak, there were very few things that…

Andrá Tutto Bene

They said that while studying abroad I would have to be flexible and think on my feet to solve problems.  They said that I would have to be careful because I don’t have the same protection in Italy as I do in the United States.  They said to cherish my time abroad because it goes…

Arrivederci Firenze

Ciao, this is my final blog post on my experiences in Florence, Italy. I am extremely sad that my program was cut short because of the corona virus, but I will cherish the time I got in Italy forever. It is heart breaking to see how different Italy is now (and the rest of the…

Favorite Sites in Florence, Italy

Ciao, I am writing this post from my home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, my program was cut short because of the corona virus. Now that I am settled at home, I wanted to update my blog. After reflecting on my experiences in Florence, I wanted to share some of my favorite places (and restaurants too!)…

Student Apartment in Florence, Italy

Ciao from Florence, Italy! I have been in Florence for over a month now and I love living here. It is a beautiful city and there is a lot to see. I am excited to spend the semester here and live like a Florentine. I am studying in Florence through CAPA’s Global Business Institute. As a…