Meet Allyson Barnes, an official CAPA blogger in Florence for summer 2018:
University: University of Colorado - Boulder
Major: Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, and Studio Arts
Study abroad location: Florence, Italy
Internship or volunteer placement: N/A
What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
I'm most excited about being able to be a part of a different culture. It has always been an interest of mine to learn about other people and the experiences and traditions of other human beings all around the globe. Being able to study abroad allows me to see it first-hand.
What are three of your hobbies and interests?
I am a painter, my favorite TV show is the Office, and I enjoy playing with dogs.
What’s one personal goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
I hope to be able to expand my interests. Whether that be through something small like my taste in food, or big like the way I live my day-to-day life, I would like to be able to adapt myself to the culture I am living in to better understand other people.
What’s one professional goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
I am just looking forward to getting to further my education and getting closer to earning my degree while I am here.
What can we look forward to reading about in your posts?
You can look forward to reading about fun things that I discover around Italy and about the different ways I have learned to adapt my actions in order to fit in better with Italian society. You will get a personal spin on the usual blog that simply tells you about my day. I want to dig deeper. I aim to make people feel like they are there with me and to force people to become mindful about themselves always when they are a guest within someone else's home or simply their culture in general.
As each new post goes up, we'll share the links below, so bookmark this page:
- A Cooking Class and Bonding Experience in Florence
- Taking Art Classes in Florence is a Dream Come True
- Making Friends Abroad and My Favorite Encounter with a Local in Florence
- 4 Tips for Traveling by Train in Europe
- Coping with Mental Health While Abroad
- Observing Italian Norms: La Bella Figura