How to Take Great Photos of your Semester Abroad

Jan 1, 2019 9:07:00 AM / by Payton Meyer

Whether you're snapping photos to share with your favorite people, keep for memories, or do it for the 'gram, there are simple methods you can follow for a great shot. In this week's post, Payton shares 3 vital tips to help you level up your skills and take a great photos of your semester abroad and travels. So, go out, experience your new city—and don't forget to take photos!

Here’s my take on how to get good photos of your experience while traveling/studying abroad, for your blog or just for the memories! 

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

9 Less-Obvious Must-Do's for a Semester in Florence

Dec 27, 2018 9:23:00 AM / by Payton Meyer

In this week's post, Payton has rounded up the 9 things you must do to get the most out of Florence. Wondering which spots to visit and study in, as well as the best views to enjoy and activities to try just like a local? Read on to see what Payton has suggested—from rollerblading to trying the tastiest gelato!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

5 Things I Gained from Studying Abroad in Florence

Dec 25, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

Connor's semester in Florence may have ended, but his journey continues. In his final post, Connor closes out this experience with 5 takeaways from his time studying abroad. Beyond the places he has traveled to and the best memories he's made, find out how Connor challenged his fears—and what's next for him!

My time studying in Florence has officially come to an end. After a long 12 hours of travel, I finally arrived back in the US on December 15th. While it was extremely sad to leave Florence and all the friends I made there, it is nice to be back with my family for the holidays. When I was on my flight back to the US, I thought about all of the things I have gained from being in Florence. These past three months were unlike any other in my entire life. Here are five of my top takeaways from my experience abroad.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

3 Ways You Evolve As a Person During Study Abroad

Dec 18, 2018 3:33:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

How do you leave study abroad a changed person? Connor gets into the three important ways that shaped him after a semester in Florence. Through this growth, he has gained strides intellectually, socially, and on an individual and personal level. 

With my time in Florence quickly coming to an end, I want to reflect on how studying abroad has helped shape my identity. To me, studying abroad is the fastest way to grow as a person. I have learned more in these last three-and-a-half months about myself and the world than I ever have before. Studying in Florence has forced me to grow as a person in a variety of ways.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

4 Benefits of Studying Abroad in Florence During the Holiday Season

Dec 17, 2018 12:04:00 PM / by Payton Meyer

While the spending the holiday season abroad can bring about some homesickness, it also give you the chance to experience another culture during a special time of year.  CAPA blogger Payton is making the most of spending the holiday season in Florence, Italy. Read more as she she takes us around to see the a tree lighting, Christmas markets and more!

Ciao! Last week was the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, an Italian national holiday that rings in the Christmas festivities every year. The holiday is celebrated with, you guessed it, a feast, as well as parades, a Christmas tree lighting, and projection light shows! So now Christmas is in full swing here in Florence! Here are a few highlights so far:

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

Q&A with CAPA Florence alum CeDrice Howard

Dec 17, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by CAPA Study Abroad Ambassadors

In this post, CAPA Alumna CeDrice answers 10 questions about her experience studying abroad in Florence and her time so far as a CAPA Ambassador!

CAPA World: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you study abroad and from which home institution? What is your major?
CeDrice Howard:  I’m a third year Physician Assistant student at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. This past summer, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy for about three weeks. I enjoy working out, being with my friends, and watching TV.
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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews, CAPA Ambassadors, Interviews, CAPA Alumni

An Interview with My Ganzo! Family

Dec 12, 2018 7:00:14 PM / by Payton Meyer

What better way to learn about Florence than by turning to the locals? In this week's post, Payton interviews Giacomo, Sabrina, and Bianca from her Ganzo! family in Florence and gets their perspective on Florentine culture, food, things to do in the city, and cultural insights.

At this point in the semester, I feel like I’ve gotten to know my Ganzo! family pretty well, and, since they speak such good English, I thought I’d ask them a few questions for my blog this week and get some perspective on things from the locals here. To jog your memory: Giacomo and Sabrina, the parents, are both journalists, and Bianca is their 16-year-old daughter. Gregorio, the 13-year old son, decided to sit this one out. Here are some of the things we discussed during my last visit, over a huge pan of tiramisu that Sabrina made (she may have caught on that it’s my favorite!)

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

Discovering the True Florentine Lifestyle by Getting Lost in My City

Dec 12, 2018 5:14:55 PM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor explains the alluring charm of being a flâneur and exploring your own city. He also suggests how to learn more about your environment while studying abroad and shares how he discovered the local Florentine lifestyle.

The word flâneur refers to someone who saunters around observing society. It means to stroll, to lounge, or to loaf. A flâneur is someone who has no place that they need go, so they simply walk around observing their surroundings. This semester I have often felt that I need to go to certain places or that I have to see specific sites. I have not taken much time to simply wander through Florence and observe the culture and the landscape. I decided on Sunday that I need to get lost within Florence to help learn more about the city.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture

Spending Thanksgiving in Florence with My Second Family

Nov 27, 2018 5:17:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

Celebrating holidays overseas is a rite of passage for those studying abroad. In this week's post, Connor tells us how he spent Thanksgiving in Florence and felt at home with his classmates who shared this experience—with the help of CAPA and a very special dinner!

Spending Thanksgiving while studying abroad can be bittersweet. On one hand, I missed being with my family and the traditions we have for Thanksgiving, but on the other hand I had the opportunity to spend this special day in a unique way. Despite not being with my family, I realized how lucky I was to be able to spend this special holiday in Florence with the amazing people that I have met here.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

7 Must-See Places to Visit While Studying in Florence

Nov 27, 2018 9:09:00 AM / by Connor McGlone

Want to know the beautiful and iconic spots you should visit when you study abroad in Florence? Let Connor walk you through his list of the 7 must-see places in this global, historic, and art-filled city. From museums to churches to great architectural structures, make sure to take note of these places!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Local Culture