From Procrastination to Prioritization – Making a Semester in Florence Happen

Jan 16, 2019 9:11:00 AM / by Daniel Arnabar

In his first post, Daniel shares how he decided to stop waiting for the right moment and take action now by studying and interning abroad. He tells us more about himself, his personal and professional goals, as well as what he wants to do in Florence, Italy!

I have to keep reminding myself that in less than a week I’ll be across the ocean, thousands of miles away from everything and everyone I know. It’s definitely a daunting thought. Now that I can count the number of days I have left in the States on one hand, the nerves are starting to creep in.

To tell you a little about who I am, my name is Daniel Arnabar. I am 20 years old and I’m studying Marketing at the University of Pittsburgh. I’m originally from Mexico City, the capital city of Mexico. My family consists of my parents, my brother Bruno, my sister Mariana, and myself. In 2005, we moved to central Pennsylvania and settled in a small town called Danville (I know). Midway through high school, I found my love for photography and have been constantly shooting ever since. I also love watching TED Talks and reading (I’m trying to read more philosophical things, but you know how that can go). Another thing you should know is that I am a terrible planner and have never been great at being proactive.

Plane WindowLooking out a plane window.

I had always known that I wanted to study abroad but I never really gave it much thought as I just expected to feel when it would be the right time. Then, in the summer before my junior year (aka the summer of 2018) I realized that if I was going to study abroad, I had 2 more semesters to take the leap. So I went against all of my natural tendencies to “wait for the right moment” and take action. I figured that I had to push myself just enough to get the ball rolling and the process started.

GuideBookA guidebook to Italy.

I know that I am going to miss my friends and family terribly during this time away but I am consoled by the incredible opportunity I have to develop myself. I hope to push myself past my comfort zones in as many facets as I can squeeze in, and in the process learn more about myself and the kind of person that I want to be. I am going to be taking two business classes, one Italian course, and I will be interning at ShippyPro, an organization that facilitates the alignment of companies with shipping services and other logistical services.

Plane OverheadA plane overhead.

I have never been to Italy, and during my time there I look forward to visiting its most famous attractions in addition to immersing myself in everyday life.

So here we are, after many stressful days and a lot of paperwork later, passport in hand and ready to go (right after I pack).

Thanks, Daniel!

Daniel Arnabar


Daniel Arnabar is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2019, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

Daniel's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.

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Topics: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad