My Tips to Survive the Long Flight to Your Host Country

May 23, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_JiwonChoi_Florence_Headshot.pngJiwon Choi is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In her first post, Jiwon gives us some good tips on how to survive long flights.

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As an international student I have some experience on long flights, and with multiple experiences I have some good tips and know-how on how to get through these torturous hours as easily as possible.

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1. Wear simple clothing

I know you want to look stunning and perfect on your first day in a new foreign country, but if you want to go through the long trip easily you better wear something comfortable. I prefer casual clothes like a simple t-shirt and sweatpants, but anything light would do. Avoid wearing clothes with metal decorations as they will become torturous iron maidens, poking and leaving marks on your body from all directions once you are on the airplane. Any shoes are fine but it is best if you take them off as soon as you are in your seat and change into slippers the airlines sometimes provide. Having your feet comfortable will greatly improve the quality of your experience on long airplane flights. 

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy

4 Things I Wish I Did Differently During my Time Abroad

May 5, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

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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Talking to students every day about study abroad has caused me to reflect more on my semester abroad, even though it's been two years since I’ve been back! This has allowed me to better advise students based off of my experiences. It's important to be able to articulate my experiences, the good and bad, and use my prior knowledge to help students when they ask me about study abroad. As a result of these reflections, I've come up with a list of a few things I wish I did differently during my semester in Florence. This is by no means a post about all my regrets, because I truly did have the time of my life abroad, but a list of 4 things that I could have done a bit differently that would have enhanced my experience even more. Here they are:

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1. Pushed myself to learn the language more

One of the things I strongly encourage anyone to do before they go abroad is to learn at least some of their host country’s language. Even if you can’t master it, it’s still important to learn certain phrases both out of respect for the country and locals, and for your own safety (if you’re caught in a difficult situation). I learned some basic words and phrases before going abroad, and I took Italian I while I was there, but I wish I would have forced myself to speak Italian more. Florence is full of tourists/students, making it easier for us to get by without learning much Italian, but I would have loved to leave Italy with more knowledge of the Italian language.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Goals Abroad

Homecoming After Living Out a Dream

Apr 27, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In her final post, Danya reflects on why studying in Florence was so important to her, and how she feels about being back in the US after her expeirence.

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During the first meeting with my academic adviser, I mentioned that I was deeply interested in fashion advertisement and international travel for my career.  Despite that fact that I’ve never taken an Italian language course or was familiar with Italian culture, I followed my advisor’s suggestion to take an Italian class freshman year. We both agreed that studying Italian for my language concentration and studying abroad in Italy would expose me to the right career path. Taking four semesters of Italian took me completely out of my comfort zone and challenged me to develop into a well-rounded student that I strive to be.  But that was nothing close to what my study abroad experience has done for me.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Life After Study Abroad

What I've Learned Abroad & What You Could Do in a Day

Apr 25, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In his final post, Emmanuel discusses all the things he's learned to do in Florence, and how you can do them when you study abroad.

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Thanks Emmanuel!

Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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Another Trip South: the Amalfi Coast

Apr 20, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya takes us to the Amalfi Coast, exploring more of Southern Italy.

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Whenever discussing my time abroad, people always ask what my favorite place I have visited is. I am always left pondering and saying that I love each place equally for each of their unique reasons. How am I supposed to decide between medieval buildings in Bruges, Belgium and tapas on the beach in Barcelona, Spain? But after this Easter weekend, I now have a definite answer. Three of my friends and I stayed in a small beach town called Atroni on the Amalfi coast. 

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Vlog: 5 Tips on Reverse Culture Shock

Apr 18, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel talks us through the 5 tips to use if you're experiencing reverse culture shock.

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Thanks Emmanuel!

Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy

Hidden Gems in Florence

Apr 13, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya tells us about some of her favorite hidden gems in Florence.

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With its ancient architecture and Renaissance masterpieces there is no doubt why Florence is one of the most traveled cities and most popular destinations for study abroad. But it can become frustrating when you spend most of the time waiting in lines instead of experiencing what the city has to offer. Over my past couple months in Florence, I have found some unique places that hold all the history and charm and none of the large touristy crowds.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy

Life in Florence as a CAPA Student

Apr 11, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel sits down with a couple of his peers to talk about CAPA events and safety in Florence.

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Thanks Emmanuel!

Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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A Taste of Italy: Bolognese Sauce

Apr 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

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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This month I decided to put my cooking skills to the test once again and try to recreate yet another of one of my favorite Italian dishes. I chose to make Bolognese sauce. Surprise- another pasta dish! I had this dish a few times while I was abroad and a few times at Italian restaurants in the US, so I figured I may as well see how well I could master it. Here is the recipe I used, if you’d like to try it out yourself!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Food in Italy

A Few Ways I Made the Most of My Semester Abroad

Apr 6, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya tells us three ways in which she made sure to make the most of her time abroad in Florence.

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I wake up to the sun shining through my large window and the faded sounds of shopkeepers opening up their doors.  I rush to get ready and quietly run out the door, down the staircase and onto the street.  My street is towards the outside of the city, so the sidewalk is remarkably empty with the exception of a few parents trying to get their kids to school on time.  I stop in at a café and order myself a cappuccino and croissant with the limited amount of Italian language skills that I have.  As I walk closer to the city center, the streets begin to fill up more with bicycles ringing at people to move out of the way.  I pass a girl carrying an art bag twice her size who is always walking to her school the same time as me.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Goals Abroad

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