In 2008, I made Black history. I was 1 of 2 Black students in my program in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and 1 of 3 Black students in my program in Madrid, Spain. Was I the first to do it? No. I wasn’t even the first person in my family to do it. But, according to NAFSA data, in 2015-2016, only 5.9% of study abroad students were Black. Since my study abroad experience was 7 years prior, I like to think that I contributed to that growth, and to the…

The idea of traveling the world makes us all want to drop everything, book the flight and escape. Going new places and having these experiences is none less than the most important thing we will do in our lives, we open our perspectives, push our limits, and ultimately find ourselves in these new and exciting lands. If your wanderlust is as constant as ours, even the thought of staying in one place is a source of anxiety, this is for you. Wherever your travels may take you, here…

You might not know that Florence is the center of the art world. It holds some of the most famous art works in all of history. It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Why would an art major choose any other city in Italy but Florence? For me, it is not just about being surrounded by the famous artwork, but how the Florentine people treat me. Florentines follow their passion when it comes to their careers. They embrace what they love to do and do it for the…

I encourage anyone who reads this to travel solo at least one time in Europe while you are here. It changes everything. I traveled alone twice while being abroad. I went to Paris and Lake Como. Both experiences were different, yet brought me closer to loving and discovering myself. It is very intimidating and scary to spend a whole weekend alone with just yourself. The motto I told myself while traveling alone was: “I am alone, but I don’t feel lonely”. Then it hit me, I did not…

After being in Florence for a semester, I have finally figured out how to feel like a local. I participated in a half marathon on December 8th in San Miniato, went to locations that only speak Italian, and ate at small local joints. I went to several different Christmas markets throughout Italy. My favorites have been the Florence Christmas market and the one in Verona Italy. If you study abroad in Florence, defiantly try the Central Market upstairs for lunch and dinner! They offer several different stands with…

Studying and interning abroad in college is one of the best decisions I’ve made and I am eternally grateful to have had that experience. I studied abroad with CEA at University of Westminster in London not too long ago, taking a couple internships along the way, while still being able to travel on the weekends and during school holidays. These were some of the best experiences of my life, studying in a classroom where I could hear multiple accents, catapulting my career, immersing myself in European culture. I…

“MOJO” is a difficult title to add to your résumé. Not a lot of future employers will know what a MOJO is and a quick google search will show them a Wikipedia page of mojo sauce (whatever that is). So how do you explain to them your relevant experience quickly on a one sheet paper that will at best, be skimmed? Here’s how to to get the most out of your experience without lying on your résumé. Explaining “MOJO” on Paper & Online It is best practice to modify…

My typical day might be very different from other people’s you follow on social media. I put together pictures and short clips of how I start my morning to how I typically end my night. I included my favorite places where I normally grab food two or three times a week and of course a ton of gelato. I hope this gives you insight into how I live my daily life in this beautiful city called Firenze. Haley H. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer and international intern in…

Since I’ve been in France, my days have been filled with more breathtaking sights and precious moments than I can count. I don’t ever want to forget my experiences here, so I’ve relied on documenting Paris through photography – my favorite artistic medium. That being said, it’s easy to fall into the trap of photographing just about everything you see without much thought or intention behind the photo you’re taking. I’m not immune to this habit, but I look back the most fondly on photographs I took that…

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…