Welcome to my home in Florence!  This is a tour of my apartment while abroad! Anthony R. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in Florence, Italy.  He is currently a Sophomore studying Business Administration at Santa Monica College.

Here’s what it looks like to be a CEA student and intern in Florence! Anthony R. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in Florence, Italy.  He is currently a Sophomore studying Business Administration at Santa Monica College.

In my first blog post during my semester abroad, I mentioned that no one could prepare you for or tell you what it was going to be like studying abroad. Now, in my last post of the semester, I conclude with a similar statement: no one can prepare you for the feeling you get when you realize your study abroad semester is almost over! During orientation in January, we were told that the beginning of the semester would be hard, filled with homesickness and doubts about the upcoming…

While studying abroad, it is tempting to travel every weekend because all the cool cities and countries you have always heard about are only a cheap plane or train away.  Since I arrived in Florence, I have been traveling about 2/3 of the weekends and am having a great time filled with new cultures, sights, food, friends, and stories! When people say that traveling Europe is cheap, they are right, especially when compared to the United States!  That doesn’t mean it won’t still dig a hole in your pocket though.  Lucky…

Once I had decided to study abroad in Florence, it was time to decide which CEA program I wanted to apply for (business, art, fashion, etc.).  CEA added an international internship program to their Florence campus right before I applied, so I jumped at the opportunity and applied for it! I am now one of two interns in CEA Florence’s first ever internship program. Once I was accepted into the program I was asked what type of internship I wanted. Eager to learn more about wine and explore…

Having lived in Florence for two whole months now, I have started to develop a liking for some specific places. Any travel guide can tell you the most popular places in Florence, but given long enough everyone is bound to find their own favorite places in Florence. I grew up in Los Angeles, a very touristy area, and my favorite places in LA you will not find in any travel guide. My favorite places in Florence you might not find in a travel guide either! Let’s start with…

Ciao! This is the first foreign word you start using in Italy. No matter how well you know someone or where they are from you will find yourself greeting people with this phrase. The Italian language is very different from English. I came here thinking there was no way I could ever have full blown conversations in Italian, but now I am finding it is easier to pick up than I thought. Just the other day I found myself engaging in a conversation in only Italian. It was butchered…

For most people, the “study” part of “study abroad” isn’t on the top of their minds. Before I departed for Florence, I was thinking more about the places I wanted to go than the classes I was going to take. CEA twisted my mindset around once I started my classes, though. The best thing about studying with CEA is all the classes are related to the Italian culture and you can apply them to your daily life. The first class I enrolled myself in was a mandatory one, Italian…

“Bye mom, I’ll see you in 5 months!” Something I’ve said once before, but still not something that is easy to say. My first semester of college I spent at The University of Alabama. For someone born and raised in a Southern California beach town, this was a study abroad experience in itself. I spent my second and third semesters living at home and commuting to community college. This made embarking on a semester abroad a bigger step for me than it might be for other college students….