Final Reflections

My time abroad is coming to an end. I have 4 days left in my beautiful city of Florence. I see myself crying multiple times this week. I cannot put into words how incredible my experience studying abroad has been. I have learned so much about myself and have grown immensely as a person. They…

My Biggest Challenge Abroad

Study abroad is not all sunshine and rainbows. Although I have had the most incredible experience, there have definitely been some tough times and problems I’ve had to overcome. I would say the greatest challenge that I faced was during my spring break trip. I arrived in Scotland on Monday morning and was supposed to…

Tourist Tips in Firenze

At this point in my time abroad, I feel like I’ve combed just about every inch of Florence’s city center. I rarely need to use my phone to map out where to go anymore. I’ve tried a ton of amazing restaurants and foods and have seen most of the must-see sights. While I’m definitely not…

Reflection on Classes

I knew taking classes in another country that speaks a different language would take some adjusting. Other than my Italian professor, who is from Pitt, all of my teachers were born and raised in Italy, so naturally Italian is their first language. While they all speak very good English, sometimes it can be challenging to…

A Few Travel Tips

So far I’ve had many weekend adventures. I have rarely stayed in Florence (which I finally am this weekend and couldn’t be more excited to not have to pack a bag and rush to a train or flight). I have taken trips to the Italian cities of Padua, Lucca, Pisa, Bologna, and Venice. I have…

Magical (and Delicious) Trip to Belgium

Belgium was never high up on my list on places that I wanted to visit during my time abroad. When a few of my friends said flights were cheap and I asked if I wanted to go, I said sure why not! I am beyond happy with my decision to embark on a journey to…

Expectations Abroad

I had a lot of expectations before I embarked on my four-month journey abroad in Florence, Italy. In terms of academic, professional, and personal perspectives, all three have most definitely changed in some way. I’ll begin from an academic standpoint. I was told before I came abroad that my classes here would be substantially easier…

My Route to Class

I absolutely love my daily commute to school. My commute is a lot longer than other students at CAPA, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Walking is my main mode of transportation to class, and it is roughly 25 to 30 minutes. I do have the option to take the bus, but unless it…

Czech out my weekend n Prague!

Studying abroad has truly taught me how to “go with the flow”. My friends and I had plans to go to Paris this weekend. Our flight was to leave early Friday morning. Due to the horrible weather conditions in France, our flight was canceled. So early Thursday morning, we spontaneously booked a bus trip to…