Meet Spence Hood, official CAPA blogger in Florence for fall 2016:
University: University of Colorado (CU Boulder)
Major: Computer Science
Location: Florence, Italy
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What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
I'm probably most excited for all of the wonderful fresh food (and hopefully new music) I'll get to try out while in Italy. Fingers crossed that my host family will be able to introduce me to the Florentine way of experiencing these two things early on in the program!
What are three of your hobbies and interests?
Though it's tricky to boil it down to so few, three of my many hobbies include ping pong, a cappella music, and graphic design. I'm always down for trying new creative, unconventional things, but these in particular are the ones I find myself going back for time and again.
What's one personal goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
When I was a lot younger, I used to be a little fiend in the kitchen. Then around high school and college, cakes and pasta dishes quickly turned into cereal and ramen. One personal goal of mine while abroad is to re-ignite that passion for cooking - hopefully by learning to make some authentic Italian dishes.
What's one professional goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
Professionally speaking, one goal of mine is to learn how to connect with folks from a foreign culture more quickly. I'd say I'm decent at making these connections as is, but I hope to come back knowing how to make them stronger and in less time, which would be beneficial in more ways than I can count.
What can we look forward to reading about in your posts?
In my blog, readers can look forward to an array of exciting topics, including the best ways of experiencing the Arno river, the inside scoop on street performing in Italy, and the Italian perception of incoming study abroad students. I'll do my best to place readers in my shoes and to take their minds to the heart of Florence with every post.
Anything else you'd like to say to people reading for the first time?
To folks reading for the first time, I'd just like to welcome them! Relax, forget about homework and due dates and rent for 15 minutes and let me take you behind the curtain of charming Florence.
As each new post goes up, we'll share the links below, so bookmark this page:
- The Day Before Firenze
- Two Personal Goals for a Semester Abroad in Florence
- First Impressions of Florence: Tourists vs. Locals
- Living in a Homestay Abroad
- The Most Common Words and Phrases You'll Hear in Florence
- What Traveling While Abroad Made Me Realize About My Host City
- Visiting Perugia, Italy, for the 2016 Eurochocolate Festival
- Study Abroad in Florence: Expectations vs. Reality
- Spence's Favorite Havens in Florence
- An Italian Host Mom's Prized Recipes: Pancetta Carbonara & Tiramisu
- Exploring the Street Music Scene in Florence
- A Step-by-Step Guide to Train Travel in Italy
- Fine Dining in Florence
- 10 Myths About Italy & What It's Really Like
- Why You Need to Study Abroad