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5 Things I Gained from Studying Abroad in Florence

Dec 25, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

Connor's semester in Florence may have ended, but his journey continues. In his final post, Connor closes out this experience with 5 takeaways from his time studying abroad. Beyond the places he has traveled to and the best memories he's made, find out how Connor challenged his fears—and what's next for him!

My time studying in Florence has officially come to an end. After a long 12 hours of travel, I finally arrived back in the US on December 15th. While it was extremely sad to leave Florence and all the friends I made there, it is nice to be back with my family for the holidays. When I was on my flight back to the US, I thought about all of the things I have gained from being in Florence. These past three months were unlike any other in my entire life. Here are five of my top takeaways from my experience abroad.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

3 Ways You Evolve As a Person During Study Abroad

Dec 18, 2018 3:33:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

How do you leave study abroad a changed person? Connor gets into the three important ways that shaped him after a semester in Florence. Through this growth, he has gained strides intellectually, socially, and on an individual and personal level. 

With my time in Florence quickly coming to an end, I want to reflect on how studying abroad has helped shape my identity. To me, studying abroad is the fastest way to grow as a person. I have learned more in these last three-and-a-half months about myself and the world than I ever have before. Studying in Florence has forced me to grow as a person in a variety of ways.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

Discovering the True Florentine Lifestyle by Getting Lost in My City

Dec 12, 2018 5:14:55 PM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor explains the alluring charm of being a flâneur and exploring your own city. He also suggests how to learn more about your environment while studying abroad and shares how he discovered the local Florentine lifestyle.

The word flâneur refers to someone who saunters around observing society. It means to stroll, to lounge, or to loaf. A flâneur is someone who has no place that they need go, so they simply walk around observing their surroundings. This semester I have often felt that I need to go to certain places or that I have to see specific sites. I have not taken much time to simply wander through Florence and observe the culture and the landscape. I decided on Sunday that I need to get lost within Florence to help learn more about the city.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

Spending Thanksgiving in Florence with My Second Family

Nov 27, 2018 5:17:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

Celebrating holidays overseas is a rite of passage for those studying abroad. In this week's post, Connor tells us how he spent Thanksgiving in Florence and felt at home with his classmates who shared this experience—with the help of CAPA and a very special dinner!

Spending Thanksgiving while studying abroad can be bittersweet. On one hand, I missed being with my family and the traditions we have for Thanksgiving, but on the other hand I had the opportunity to spend this special day in a unique way. Despite not being with my family, I realized how lucky I was to be able to spend this special holiday in Florence with the amazing people that I have met here.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

7 Must-See Places to Visit While Studying in Florence

Nov 27, 2018 9:09:00 AM / by Connor McGlone

Want to know the beautiful and iconic spots you should visit when you study abroad in Florence? Let Connor walk you through his list of the 7 must-see places in this global, historic, and art-filled city. From museums to churches to great architectural structures, make sure to take note of these places!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

Experiencing a Fiorentina Futbol Match Like a True Florentine

Nov 20, 2018 9:17:00 AM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor and his friends make their way to see a soccer match between Fiorentina and Roma in Florence. Read on to see how this exciting match turned out and what it was like to be surrounded by passionate locals at this sporting event!  

Ciao, I just returned home from the Fiorentina vs. Roma soccer match in Florence. It was a great game and another exciting event I have been able to attend this semester. I got the tickets with some friends from CAPA. We bought the tickets through a travel agency called “Florence For Fun” and they only cost €30!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

10 Great Places to Eat as a Student in Florence

Nov 13, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

After studying abroad and eating his way through Florence this semester, Connor compiles a list of 10 of his favorite places to eat in the city. From grabbing a panini on the go to eating some of the best gnocchi in Florence, check out these recommendations!

Florence is filled with so many amazing places to eat. Nobody has the same exact favorite places because there are just so many to choose from. Regardless, in this blog post I am going to list my personal 10 favorite places to eat around Florence. This includes all types of food, from nice restaurants to gelato shops to cafes. I will give you an inside look at what food I think is the best in Florence, and, to me, what are some of the best in the world.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Food Abroad

A Day Tour in the Tuscan Cities of Siena and San Gimignano

Oct 31, 2018 9:42:20 AM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor takes advantage of another CAPA excursion and goes on a day trip to Siena and San Gimignano, discovering sights like the medieval baths, trying the world's best gelato, and learning more about the local traditions of these two Tuscan cities. 

Ciao! This past week CAPA invited all of its students here on a day trip to Siena and San Gimignano. Transportation was already paid for and we were even provided with tour guides. It was a no-brainer to go.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

Midterms and Academics at the CAPA Florence Center

Oct 23, 2018 11:15:00 AM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor compares his school life and classwork at CAPA Florence to that of his at University of Pittsburgh back home in the US.

Ciao! This past week was midterm week for me and my peers at CAPA, so it was a week full of studying and tests. There are a lot of pre-conceived notions about classes while studying abroad. In this blog I am going to discuss classes, teaching styles, assignments, and the tests a typical CAPA student might get while abroad.

A main difference about class structure I have had here compared to the University of Pittsburgh is the length and occurrence of my classes. At the University of Pittsburgh, and most universities in The States, classes meet 2-3 times a week for either 50 minutes a class or for 75 minutes a class. In Florence, my classes are once a week and they meet for 3 hours. There is usually a 15-minute coffee break in the middle of each class as well. This was certainly different than what I am used to back home. It can be difficult to stay focused class for 3 hours consecutively, but it is nice because each student generally only has one class a day. The rest of your day can be spent catching up on work or exploring the wonderful city of Florence.

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Posted in: International Education, Florence, Italy

Meeting Italian Students through CAPA's FriendMe Program

Oct 16, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor highlights a CAPA Florence program called 'FriendMe' in which local high school students from Florence meet with CAPA students and swap stories about what it's like to growing up in Italy vs the US.

Ciao! I just got back to my flat from one of the best experiences I have had so far while studying abroad. Set up by CAPA, I was able to meet and hangout with local Florentine high school students with my peers. The program is called 'FriendMe'. This was an amazing way to meet locals around my age and make new friends.

I was initially kind of nervous about the program. I did not know what I had in common with students from Florence. I know very limited Italian so I did not even know if we would be able to understand and talk to each other. However, these concerns went away very quickly.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture


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