Brielle Saggese

Brielle Saggese studied media advertising at Indiana University. After spending a semester abroad in Paris, she decided she wasn't ready to return to the US just yet. She spent her final semester of college with CAPA in Florence this past spring, and now, as both and IU and CAPA Alumn, will be sharing some guest blogs this summer!

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When One Semester Abroad Isn't Enough

Jul 25, 2019 11:01:00 AM / by Brielle Saggese

Brielle has had a unique study abroad experience than most students. Instead of going abroad for a semester, she went for an entire year—in two different major European cities! She writes about the reasons she pursued this path, especially during her senior year in college, and how this became a transformative moment in life. Brielle also shares why there's no one-size-fits-all answer and gives some advice on how you can make this semester your own—and one to remember.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

All About My Ganzo! Family Experience in Florence, Italy

Jul 8, 2019 11:29:00 AM / by Brielle Saggese

After her first week with her Ganzo! host family, Brielle immediately felt at home. She shares some memories of them and how they made her time abroad special. She also talks about the relationships she has formed with them and how they helped her improve her Italian language skills over time.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

What Studying Art in Florence Taught Me About Body Positivity

Jun 17, 2019 11:58:00 AM / by Brielle Saggese

In this week's post, Brielle explores the relationship between art, body positivity, and studying abroad. She recalls the moment she had to adjust her wellness habits by tracking her stats less and change her mindset. After all in the big picture, seeing the beauty of art for what it is makes it special—just like the human body.

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Posted in: International Education, Florence, Italy

Why You Should Study Abroad Somewhere You Don't Speak the Language

May 28, 2019 10:50:00 AM / by Brielle Saggese

There's no better place to learn a new language than its home country. Brielle took on the challenge of learning Italian while studying abroad in Florence and shares four ways to overcome barriers and explore a new language. You may leave home knowing only how to say "ciao" or "grazie", but you'll come back from your study abroad knowing more!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Language

How Study Abroad Takes You Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why That's Great)

May 4, 2019 9:56:00 AM / by Brielle Saggese

In her final episode of the semester, Brielle reflects on her experience abroad with CAPA Florence and shares some of her takeaways. Tip: you'll want to watch this one with sound on.

Many thanks to Brielle (@briellesajfor sharing her semester with us in so many awesome vlogs! You'll be missed dearly!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

12 Hours in the Life of a Student Abroad in Florence

Apr 18, 2019 9:47:19 AM / by Brielle Saggese

One of the best ways to fully understand another way of life is to live it. The nuances of daily life in another country can teach you more about yourself and another culture than any exotic vacation. For her last IGTV vlog in Italy (don't worry - she's got a reflection piece coming), Brielle shares what a day in her life with #CAPAFlorence looks like!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, florence-vlog

Spilling the Tea on Making Friends, Traveling, and Budgeting During Study Abroad

Apr 6, 2019 10:34:00 AM / by Brielle Saggese

This week Brielle spills alllll the tea on a few things she wished someone told her before SHE studied abroad. As she reflects on some of the challenges she's faced so far during her year abroad, Brielle shares tips on topics such as social life, travel planning, and budgeting.  

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

A Student's Guide to Eating in Florence, Italy

Mar 21, 2019 10:08:00 AM / by Brielle Saggese

This guide to eating in Florence from Brielle is going to come in handy for any hungry, budget-conscious college student spending a semester in Florence! Make sure to watch for more info on what is included on a CAPA program, from a free cooking class to olive & cheese tastings, plus other budget friendly tips for dining out in Florence. 

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Food Abroad

How I Packed for 4 Months Abroad

Mar 11, 2019 10:43:00 AM / by Brielle Saggese

Need a style guide for your study abroad? Florence vlogger and study abroad veteran Brielle Saggese shares her hacks for consolidating her wardrobe for her spring semester in Florence. Now, this isn't Brielle's first rodeo—she spent her fall semester abroad in Paris, so you know she's got this packing thing DOWN. From how to make sundresses work in the colder months to other fashion hacks, make sure to watch to help plan for your program!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

How to Spend 72 Hours in Florence

Feb 20, 2019 4:09:21 PM / by Brielle Saggese

While traveling on the weekend is a blast, it's also important to spend some quality time in your host city when studying abroad. With that said, CAPA IGTV Vlogger Brielle Saggese breaks down how to make the most of 72 hours in her beautiful host city of Florence: 

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, florence-vlog


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