10 Little Tips that Will Help You Around Florence

Jun 20, 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 this week's post, Jiwon gives us her list of 10 things that will help you out when you study abroad in Florence.


1. Summer in Florence is very hot

The average temperature in Florence is around 90F and being around large group of tourists doesn't help. Bring something to keep yourself cool, such as a fan, cooling pad, hat, water spray…etc. You will find them extremely helpful especially in crowded, enclosed museums.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy, Top 10

5 Tips to Pack Like a Pro

Jun 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Regan Charie

While packing before you travel abroad, you’ll probably want to find a magical way to bring everything you own without needing 50 suitcases. It can be pretty difficult to only bring what you need considering the amount of clothes and other items you have. If you really can't decide what to bring with you, you can keep these tips in mind to make sure you've got the essentials for your study abroad adventure.

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1. Define needs vs. wants

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10 Tips for Coping with Reverse Culture Shock

Jun 16, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

You know that when you study and live in a new country, you'll be exposed to a variety of cultural differences that you're not used to. Over time, these unspoken rules become the norm and after a few weeks you'll be settled in and not even give them a second thought. But what happens to these new mannerisms when you return home? You might start to experience a phenomenon called "reverse culture shock", which is what happens when you find yourslef struggling to adjust to going back to old habits and places. Since it may take time to get used to your old (yet new) surroundings, we came up with 10 ways to help you acclimate to no longer being abroad.

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1. Continue to do activities that you did while abroad

If you started playing a sport such as badminton while you were abroad, try to find somewhere where you can continue to play it. If you took up singing, join a choir at home! Whatever the activity or hobby is, don’t just give it up because you're not abroad. It is likely that you’ll be able to continue in a local club, or at your university.

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10 Tips to Capture Your Study Abroad Memories

Jun 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Regan Charie

People often say to “live in the moment” and enjoy your experiences while they are in front of you. The unfortunate result of this is that soon after the “moment” is over,  you might start to forget your adventures. You might not even remember a dream you had last night if you don't write it down! It's important to strike a balance between experiencing something in person, and taking photos and videos to have tangible memories.

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Here's a list of the top 10 ways to take capture your memories abroad as efficiently as possible, without impeding on your everyday activities.

1. Take photos at the right rimes

There's no point in constantly taking photos or videos. When something interesting or unique is happening around you, take your camera out, snap a few pictures, and then continue to take in your surroundings in person. Getting stuck behind the camera lens can sometimes feel more like a chore than it should.

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Top 10 Hidden Gems of London

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

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Courtney Manning Profile Square.jpgCourtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Courtney tells us the top 10 hidden gems of London that she loves to spend time at or in.


When most people think of London, their minds automatically jump to things like Big Ben, the London Eye, red telephone booths, double-decker buses and the Royal Family. These things are wonderful, and a huge part of London’s uniqueness, but there is so much more that makes up this beautiful city.

Here are a few of the so-called “hidden gems” (they aren’t actually really hidden- just places I really love to visit) that I’ve come to adore in London:

1. Parliament Hill

Hampstead has easily become my favorite area of London. It’s very posh, but also has a very relaxed and family-friendly vibe. Hampstead Heath, the local park, has one of the absolute best views of London. The park is full of cute dogs and people having picnics, and it’s a good place to hang out with friends or sit and chill by yourself. Harry Styles also lives in the area, which is an added bonus (in my opinion).

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Posted in: London, England, Top 10


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