Meet My Florence Roommates and See Our Accommodation Abroad

Feb 8, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Rachel Cholewinski_Florence

Rachel is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Rachel talks about where she is staying abroad this semester and introduces us to her Florence roommates.

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Ciao! I have now been in Florence for a couple weeks now and I am enjoying everything about this tiny and unique city! My apartment in Florence has quickly become my home away from home. I live in a quiet area of Florence that is about a 15-minute walk to CAPA and around a 25-minute walk to the Duomo. Living a little outside of the busy area has given my roommates and I the chance to try local places in our neighborhood and to see another side of Florence.

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When I arrived to my apartment I was a little surprised, mainly because I had no idea what to expect. There were little things within the apartment that were smaller than I anticipated. For example, the shower and washer are significantly smaller compared to the size in the U.S. Also there are no dyers so we have to air dry our clothes out on racks, which can take a while. These difference aren't terrible, but do require a slight adjustment to our everyday routine.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Accommodation Abroad, Florence Interviews

10 Questions for CAPA Florence Alumna (and My Former Roommate) Audrey Detmer

Feb 2, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Emily_Kearns_Column_Profile.jpgWords by Emily Kearns, a CAPA Florence study abroad alumna. Emily will be writing a column called "Remembering Florence" on CAPA World the first Friday of every month.

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For this month’s post, I interviewed Audrey Detmer, one of my roommates from Florence, to ask her some questions about her study abroad experience and her recent trip back to Florence!

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EMILY KEARNS: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you’ve been up to post-study abroad and post-grad!
AUDREY DETMER: After leaving Florence I returned to the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I completed my studies in political science and philosophy. I was incredibly fortunate to travel to Argentina for a month after graduation with my childhood friends, and then I moved home to California to face the struggle of finding a job post-grad. A bit of good luck and hard work led me to join the team of a political campaign as an intern, and when the candidate won, I was hired as a staffer. I've been employed with the California State Assembly for a bit over a year now working for a member of the legislature.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews, Life After Study Abroad

On the Spot: A Local Asks Me About Florence and My Experience

Nov 27, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Celess is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Riverside City College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Celess is interviewed by CAPA Florence's Valentina Lazzerini on her time in Florence and her perspective on Italian culture.

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Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews, Personal Learning

Academics Abroad: An Interview with Professor Diana Pell

Nov 20, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Celess is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Riverside City College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Celess sits down with mathematics professor Diana Pell to learn her thoughts on academics and what it's like to teach abroad.

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Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Why Studying Abroad in Florence is Right for Us (Part 2)

Nov 14, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Kristopher (also known as Kip) is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance major at University of Colorado - Boulder, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Kristopher continues a discussion with his study abroad friends on why they chose Florence and what they like about the city.

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Missed part 1? Catch up here.

Thanks Kip!

Kristopher's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews, Study Abroad

Why Studying Abroad in Florence is Right for Us (Part 1)

Nov 7, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Kristopher (also known as Kip) is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance major at University of Colorado - Boulder, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Kristopher sits and chats with his study abroad friends to learn why they chose Florence and what they like about the culture.

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Thanks Kip!

Kristopher's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA Florence Program

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews, Study Abroad

An Interview with CAPA Florence Professor Alessandro Marchi

Oct 10, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Kristopher (also known as Kip) is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance major at University of Colorado - Boulder, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Kristopher chats with CAPA Professor Alessandro Marchi on education, life in Florence, and the Cultural History of the Mafia.

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Thanks Kip!

Kristopher's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA Florence Program

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews, International Education

Why The Beauty of Studying Abroad is the Unknown

Oct 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumni Interview: Colby Cannon

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Meet Colby Cannon, a Marketing major at the University of Colorado- Boulder, who studied abroad in Florence in the spring of 2017. Below, he talks about why he chose Florence as his study abroad destination, how his CAPA community abroad felt like home, and how to balance wanderlust with academics.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
COLBY CANNON: Hello! My name is Colby Cannon and I studied abroad spring semester of my junior year in Florence, Italy. I am originally from the Bay Area, California but I go to school at CU Boulder in Colorado. I am currently studying Marketing in the Business School and I’m going into my senior year this upcoming fall. Some of my hobbies include water polo, basketball (go Warriors), hanging out and playing beer die with friends, music, and movies.

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The Difference Between the Plane Ride There and the Plane Ride Home

Oct 2, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Taisia Smith

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Meet Taisia Smith, an alumna from George mason University who majored in Legal and International Studies with a concentration in African American Studies, who studied abroad in Florence in spring 2017. Below, she talks about why it was hard for her to leave her family to study abroad, how incredible the food in Florence is, and how her experience changed her and her long-term goals.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
TAISIA SMITH: Hello! My name is Taisia Smith. I am a 22 years old and I attended George Mason University. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the spring semester of 2017 which so happened to be my last semester in undergrad! Yes, that’s right, I am now Mason Alum! I graduated with a BA in Legal Studies and International Studies with a concentration in African American Studies. I have many different interests and hobbies but I spend most of my free time writing, reading or netflixing. I love being outside so I find myself finding a nice spot and relaxing because life is stressful and breaks are most certainly needed.

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Posted in: Florence Interviews, Interviews, Florence, Italy

An Interview: 10 Questions with Fellow CAPA Student Dana Perez

Sep 28, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Hayley is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication and Media major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hayley interviews Dana Perez, a fellow CAPA classmate, and discovers out how she's adjusting to her semester abroad in Florence.

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HAYLEY PARKER: Tell me about yourself.
DANA PEREZ: I was born in New York, but moved to Florida when I was three. I moved back to New York when I was eight and have been living there ever since. I have two sisters. My parents immigrated to the United States from Israel about 27 years ago. I'm a senior at Binghamton University with a major in human development.

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HP: What made you choose Florence as your study abroad location?
DP: I visited Italy 2 summers ago with my family. I loved the culture and intimacy of Florence.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews

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