Meet Ashley Feiler (she/her), an official CAPA blogger in Florence, Italy for Summer 2022:
University: University of Pittsburgh
Major: English Writing and Linguistics
Study Abroad Location: Florence, Italy
What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
I am most excited to immerse myself in and learn more about a different culture, both through my classes and just daily living in Florence. I’ve never been to Italy before, so between the history, the art, the food, the language, and much more, I can’t wait to explore everything about Florentine life.
What are three of your hobbies and interests?
I absolutely love all things music, whether that’s singing in choir, playing the piano, or just listening to one of my many carefully-crafted playlists. I also enjoy reading (I’m a huge Jane Austen fan!) and spending time outdoors going on walks and exploring local parks.
What’s one personal goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
My personal goal while studying abroad is to gain more confidence and independence. This will be my first time traveling without my family and is a big step out of my comfort zone, but I’m hopeful that with every unfamiliar situation I encounter, I’ll learn to better problem-solve and roll with the punches.
What’s one professional goal you hope to achieve during your CAPA program?
While I know that six weeks isn’t a huge amount of time, I hope to significantly improve my Italian language abilities by the end of my program. Being proficient in another language is a great skill for anyone to have, and as someone who is studying linguistics, having experience with another language may come in handy in my future career.
What can we look forward to seeing in your blogs?
Through my blog posts, my aim is to give readers a better insight into life as a study abroad student in Florence. I plan to share my daily routine, my experiences in the classroom, and just what it’s like adapting to an entirely new environment abroad. My posts will be full of tips on what restaurants, cafes, and markets to try, what Italian words and phrases to learn, and more general travel tips so any readers interested in traveling or studying abroad will hopefully feel more prepared before embarking on their own adventures.
Anything else you’d like to say to people reading for the first time?
As you can probably tell from my other answers, I’m not a super experienced traveler, so this will definitely be a learning experience. I’d love for you to join me on this journey and I hope this blog is helpful for you!