This is our door from the inside of our apartment. I love how it is wooden and antique-like.This is our dining room table. This is an aerial view of our kitchen space taken above from our loft. We have a washer and dish washer stored underneath the kitchen top.Then to the right is our refrigerator. Here is our loft which has two chairs a table stand and then not pictured is the TV. Here you can get a glimpse of how I decorated my room to make it…

I have been swimming for nine years now and I am about to start my final season with the University of Utah, but I didn’t want to take a hiatus while I was abroad. Along with my three-month stay as an on-site ambassador in Florence, I decided to continue my competitive swimming journey by training with a team in Italy. I also thought training with a team would be a great way to immerse myself in the local culture and meet Florentines. The actual process to join a competitive…

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It has now been over a year since my first journey abroad ended. When I left for that trip, I was just a kid from the suburbs of Utah who wanted to see the world. This year, I have returned to my former home in Italy with a few more miles on my soul and one of the most useful tools of all: language proficiency. Last summer, I never took the time to study Italian before I arrived in Florence. I had been told that I could get…

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, CEA is gathering two decades worth of interviews and insights from alumni. CEA alumni Adam Ellis tells the story of how he found his soulmate while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I spent a semester at the CEA Florence Center on a whim. I was just as likely to sign up as I was to throw away the brochure that an eager alumni handed out to our class. Looking back, I can confidently say that studying abroad my junior year was the…

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…

Studying abroad, as my teachers always say is mainly about the “studying” part. I agree to disagree with this statement. I think that this adventure is more about learning rather than actual studying. Moving to a different country, living with people who you don’t know, going to a new school and exploring the world is a major learning experience in itself. Yes, studying for your classes is very important, but I have learned more by experiencing life during these past four months, than I ever could have in…

I don’t think that the saying, “time flies when you’re having fun” has ever been more relevant to my life than at this very moment. Each month here feels like a week, and each week seems to go by faster and faster. As I approach the last few weeks of my adventure, it is bittersweet. I have seen some of the most incredible places in the world, met friends that I have countless memories with and have honestly been living in a dream world for the past four…