I've been home for about two weeks now and I've finally come to terms with the fact that I'm going to be here for a while. When my friends and I first returned home the common phrase was "America sucks." We were back to the monotony of actually understanding what people were saying. Back to … Continue reading Looking Back
Yesterday marked the celebration of 20 years of me. Growing up with a summer birthday, I have spent every June 15th with my family and whichever friends happened to be in town. Also I've spent every birthday in America. So, needless to say, this year was very different. To be honest, I was nervous. What … Continue reading A Birthday Abroad
It's easy to forget why I'm here sometimes–to study. Sure, I see the sights, eat the foods, travel to nearby cities and countrysides, but the "abroad" part of this experience hasn't been the only influential part. In fact, my classes have taught me the most and have played the biggest role in allowing me to … Continue reading Too School for Cool
After spending approximately two weeks in Florence, I took my first trip outside of the Italian borders. A group of friends and I took a three day excursion to the cities of Prague and Munich, and after spending a brief amount of time there, I've learned that different countries have different personalities. For example, Italy … Continue reading Czech It Out
Besides "thank you" being one of the few phrases I know in Italian, It is also appropriate to categorize my feelings during this first week in Florence, Italy. Thank you to my parents (grazie infinite!) for giving me the opportunity to be here, thank you to my advisors for making sure I was ready to … Continue reading ¡Grazie!
Three. That's the number I'm looking at right now. Just a simple Thursday, Friday and Saturday until I'm finally in Europe, but let me tell you, it isn't as easy as one, two, three. Before I leave there have been growing numbers of goodbye's, many shopping trips and last-minute Amazon Prime orders. Getting prepared for … Continue reading Counting Down the Days
Caroline Jinks is a University of Florida student studying abroad for Summer A 2016 in Florence, Italy. To learn more about her program, click here: UF in Florence - Global Perspectives. What is your year and academic concentration? Advertising major with an outside concentration in art. Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what … Continue reading Caroline: Summer in Florence