Vlog: A Tour of London

Jan 20, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Graysan Tompkins Profile.pngGraysan Tompkins is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Graysan takes us on a tour around some of the city's most popular tourist spots!

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Thanks Graysan!

Graysan's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

My Life in a Suitcase: 3 Helpful Study Abroad Prep Tips

Jan 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_From Nathan Overlock - Profile Photo (Choice 1).jpgNathan Overlock is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A professional writing and information design major at Cedarville University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In his first post, Nathan shares a few helpful tips for preparing to study abroad as he makes his way to Ireland for the spring.

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Planning to study abroad is a lot like preparing for that first day of freshman year. You’ve carefully picked out a school, planned your classes, Facebook stalked your roommate (sorry Casey), researched the area, loaded everything you own into the back of a car, and now you're ready to go! At the same time, the majority of the people, places and activities that make up what you might’ve called your “life” in high school are left in the wind. Sure, you may have joined a sports team, or a theater club, or found a new coffee shop to frequent. But they’re all just a little bit new, different and, despite all the change, exciting.

Here are a few helpful tips for preparing to study abroad:  

Helpful tip #1: Not sure you’ll be able to live without that morning coffee fix? Flexible, light, inexpensive silicone coffee pour overs are your new best friend.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Globalization in 2017

Jan 19, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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Happy New Year everyone!

2017 promises to be a challenging year for advocates of globalization. For decades we have seen globalization's growth linked to world economic growth, trade growth and international investment. The benefits have been seen as the spread of new ideas, innovation, technology and cultural practices to more countries, with growth of jobs globally and poverty reduction. 

Of course, there are winners and losers in the process. We saw in 2016 a backlash against globalization and in favor of putting the national interest first as in putting the US first or the UK first in political decisions and particularly some concerns about the movement of people between countries that is associated with global opportunities.

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Photo: A CAPA group in front of a mural of Paris on a supermarket in Shanghai from Colin Speakman

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Posted in: Global Cities

Study Abroad in Florence: Accommodation & First Impressions

Jan 19, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya talks about arriving in Florence, her accommodation for the semester and a few observations she's made in the city so far. 

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After 12 hours on a plane and a short taxi ride, I finally arrive at the beautiful apartment that I get to call home for the next three and a half months. I definitely scored when it came to housing. There are four bedrooms, one for each of my roommates and me, a kitchen stocked with any utensil we could ever need (even an espresso machine!), and the luxury of two bathrooms. Each room has huge windows and is uniquely furnished which makes me feel like I am truly living in an Italian apartment as opposed to an unwelcoming hotel or dorm room.

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Vlog: Preparing for Study Abroad Semester in Sydney

Jan 19, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In her first post, Natalie talks about her reasons for studying abroad and choosing Australia, shows us her packing, some Australian money and her journey to the airport.

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Thanks Natalie!

Natalie's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned!

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Interning Abroad at the Index on Censorship in London

Jan 18, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Courtney Manning Profile Square.jpgCourtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Courtney talks about her experience so far at her internship at the Index on Censorship. 

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Today was my third day of my internship at Index on Censorship, and I absolutely love it. Index is a nonprofit organization that works to advocate for freedom of speech for artists, writers and journalists. Although I’m a convergence major with an emphasis in television reporting, I’m extremely excited about this editorial internship. I’m really interested in politics and human rights and I want my future career to deal with helping humanity and the earth in some way.

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Internships Abroad

Study Abroad: Planning for the Unexpected

Jan 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2017 - Profile.jpgColin Gilbert is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and supply chain management major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In his first post, Colin talks about planning for the unexpected when preparing to study abroad and the process he went through before heading off to Sydney for the spring. 

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I woke up yesterday with a sore throat and a fever of 100.7ºF. Four days before boarding a plane to depart for Sydney.

As would anyone anticipating a study abroad experience, I immediately began to stress. I had various errands to run, tasks to complete, and goodbyes to say within four short days! Strep throat knocked me out for two of those days. Fortunately, I had planned enough in advance to be able to rest and recover as opposed to forging on and wearing down my body even more before beginning my trek to the Land Down Under. I didn’t plan on getting sick—no one does! However, by planning for the things that I could control in advance, it allowed me to better cope with the unexpected.

This brings me to some important things I kept in mind while planning my study abroad experience.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

5 Ways To Be More Global

Jan 17, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

We all belong to a community. Maybe it’s your town that you feel connected to, your place of religious practice, or the sports team that you compete with every week where you've found your closest friends. No matter how big or small, we are all part of a group in one way or another.

Eventually, you might want to take steps to expand your community or learn more about the world outside of your hometown. It can feel overwhelming if you don’t know where to start, so we’ve come up with five ways to help you broaden your perspective and go beyond to become a part of the global community that has formed in the world today.

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1. Discover your heritage.

When looking to discover more about the world, where’s a better place to start than with yourself? Even if you don’t know it, there’s a part of each of us that’s already global. You probably identify as an American today, but your ancestors (however distant) are likely to have come from other nations. Researching your own history is a great way to start learning about another culture that you may even feel a special connection to. If you’re Native American, you can take the opportunity to learn more about the ways in which your culture exchanged with others who ended up here and why that makes you such an important part of this country and its history.

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Posted in: International Education

Vlog: How To Create Great Study Abroad Videos

Jan 17, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's video, Emmanuel shares his top tips for taking great videos to capture your study abroad experience.

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Thanks Emmanuel!

Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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On Reaching a Dream: My Love for Another Culture

Jan 16, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Abby Crain

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Meet Abby Crain, an English major and psychology minor at Missouri Baptist University who studied abroad in Dublin during spring semester 2016. Below, Abby talks about how her love of Irish culture led her to study abroad, how CAPA classes allowed her to learn beyond the classroom, and how her love of coffee transcended borders.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
ABBY CRAIN: I am originally from Troy, Missouri. It’s a smaller town in the northeast of the state and I’ve lived there since I was one year old. I’ve always loved being in the countryside, whether it is near my hometown or while traveling. I am now a senior at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis and I studied abroad in Dublin during the spring of 2016.

Being from a small town and going to a smaller Christian university has helped me to really grow as a person because I have been able to learn more about myself and become who I am in environments that help me thrive and grow in my relationship with Christ. This foundation was what kept me grounded while studying abroad in a foreign culture, and helped me to learn how to better interact with others from different backgrounds.

My major is English and I have a minor in psychology, so my interests include anything literary or psychology-related. I also enjoy photography, baking, traveling (obviously), and I am also a barista so I love coffee.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Interviews

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