Meet Maya Tolerico (she/her), an official CAPA blogger in Florence, Italy for Summer 2022:
University: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Global Management, Supply Chain Management, and Business Information Systems
Study Abroad Location: Florence, Italy
What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
I am most excited to be fully immersed in a new country for a length of time that will allow me to absorb the people, culture, and experiences. I look forward to new foods, interacting with Florentines, and trying new things.
What are three of your hobbies and interests?
One hobby of mine is hiking. I love hiking trails and just being outdoors no matter where. I also love going out to eat and trying new foods. Lastly, anything that takes me out of my comfort zone and gives me an adrenaline boost.
What’s one personal goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
I have never been out of the country or away from home for so long so I am looking forward to some overall personal growth. This will definitely be out of my comfort zone so having to be with people I do not know in a foreign country will give me new perspectives.
What’s one professional goal you hope to achieve during your CAPA program?
Professionally I hope to further develop my cultural competencies. Being able to understand and communicate effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds is crucial to being a more informed member of society and a better employee.
What can we look forward to seeing in your blogs?
In my posts I hope to be honest and informative about my experiences transitioning into life in Italy and all the different activities I do. I really hope to give readers certainty about what their experiences can be like if they choose to study abroad and all the fun things to do in Florence.