We asked our CEA Alumni Ambassadors what they would say if they has 60 seconds to convince a friend to study or intern abroad. In celebration of International Education Week, here are the top 3 reasons you should go abroad. The Friendships “Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made. You get to travel the world, meet amazing people and go on new adventures while you are studying and learning things that will help you in your future. I never thought I would come back to…

I am interning at Tethy’s Gallery in Florence, Italy. It is a Fine-Art Gallery. I am interning under Guido and Massimo. They also own a photo-travel company called Atlantide Phototravel. I attached photographs of the gallery, so you can get a view of one of the settings that I am in. The second room filled with art work from the Tethy’s Gallery. Behind a half-wall is a desk and a laptop where I edit photographs. I am also very fortunate to go on photo shoots all around Florence. I…

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…

After years of dreaming, months of planning, and days of traveling, it is difficult to really describe how amazing it is to be here in Rome. So what brought me to Rome? I always knew I wanted to study abroad. My mom studied in Reims, France for an entire year in college while she pursued her French minor and had an absolutely amazing experience. Last summer, we traveled throughout Europe and actually had the opportunity to return to Reims. My mom’s old roommate from study abroad still lives…

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…

One of the most common things that students say when they come back from studying abroad is, “ I changed so much!”. Too often this can be seen negatively because while you feel like you have changed, it seems like everything back home stayed exactly the same. That can be a little disconcerting when you were used to running around the streets of Paris at 2 o/cock in the morning then come back and instead are sitting in a library room until 2 o’clock in the morning. This…

Almost exactly 4 months ago I was about to come back home to the States and I was NOT excited about it. Just like most people, I loved my study abroad, and I had been gone for almost a full year, I could barely remember what life back home was supposed to be like. I had made wonderful new friends and had a lot of new adventures, I didn’t want to go back to where none of these things were. This is why I decided to be an…

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.