22 Life Lessons Learned

Sep 4, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Dee Liang is a CAPA Florence alumna and graduate of CU Boulder in Colorado, sharing her world as a study abroad alumna in bi-weekly CAPA World posts.

In today's column, Dee shares her thoughts after the celebration of her 23rd birthday. (Happy birthday, Dee!).

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At 22 years old, I’ve had some of my highest highs and lowest lows. In retrospect, I think it will forever remain a cherished year, where I’ve grown immensely as a person, and have had some life-changing experiences. For being so lost and crazy, it’s weird to feel that I’m also getting closer and closer to the person I want to become; I’m starting to get to know myself better and have internal clarity despite the external chaos. It’s weird, and I’m digging it.

Some highlights of this year:

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Posted in: CAPA Alumni, Life After Study Abroad

VIDEO: London Study Abroad Expectations & Pre-Departure Thoughts

Sep 4, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2015_Steven_Owens_Vlogger_Profile_Image_SquareSteven Owens is an official CAPA vlogger for Fall 2015, sharing his story in weekly videos on CAPA World. A Broadcast Communications major at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In his first vlog, Steven shares his pre-departure thoughts, worries and expectations before heading to the UK! 

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Thanks Steven!

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Study Abroad in Shanghai: Wanderlust & a Pre-Departure Story

Sep 4, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

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Sara Urner is an official CAPA blogger for Fall 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English major at Lebanon Valley College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In her first post below, Sara shares the story of how she first caught a case of wanderlust and how she decided to study abroad in China. 

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While growing up, my summer vacations were a week each year camping in a tiny pop-up camper with my parents and older brother. My dad was a forester and my mom grew up on a potato farm; they are two people of the earth who encouraged me to play in the dirt. I have many jumbled memories of riding my bike, splashing in lakes, and mountain pies cooking over a fire spread across many Pennsylvania state parks throughout the state.

I would not set foot on an airplane until I was 20-years-old, and though I had not been anywhere off the east coast of the US, I somehow found my way onto the roster of an international service trip with 11 other students from Lebanon Valley College to travel to Misminay, Peru to complete a week of service in a beautiful village nestled in the Andes Mountains. That trip was the first time I experienced anything different from my day to day corn-fields-and-pine-trees existence in northeast Pennsylvania. The morning of my flight, there was a quiet voice inside my head telling me not to be afraid. And even though my stomach was in knots and my heart was racing, I boarded the plane and had an experience that changed my life forever. When one pushes oneself to conquer their fears, their soul grows.

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Photo: Sara's first abroad experience in Peru

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Thoughts of a Pre-Departure Procrastinator

Sep 3, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Fall2015_Stefanie_Mandel_Blogger_PicStefanie Mandel is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Writing for Film & Television at Emerson College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Thousand Word Thursdays: Shanghai Sunrise

Sep 3, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Each Thursday we will post a photo worth a thousand words from one of CAPA The Global Education Network’s global cities and let the image speak for itself. Today, Shanghai.

Shanghai Sunrise
Photo:
Shanghai sunset by Jose Maria Cuellar
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Posted in: Shanghai, China

VIDEO: Study Abroad in London - Pre-Departure Thoughts

Sep 3, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2015_Aaron_Rosenberg_Blogger_ProfileAaron Rosenberg is an official CAPA vlogger for Fall 2015, sharing his story in weekly videos on CAPA World. A Cultural Studies and Communications major at the Clark University, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In his first vlog, Aaron gives us a some of background on himself and talks about why he chose the CAPA program to study abroad as well as a bit about expectations. 

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Thanks Aaron!

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

VLOG: First Impressions of Sydney

Sep 2, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2015_Thomas_Galarce-Garcia_Blogger_ProfileThomas Galarce-Garcia is an official CAPA vlogger for Fall 2015, sharing his story in weekly videos on CAPA World. A liberal arts major at the State University of New York at Purchase, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In vlog two, Thomas shares his first impresions of Sydney, having just arrived in Australia. 

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Thanks Thomas!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

China's President Xi Jinping's US Visit

Sep 2, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Words by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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There is excitement about President Xi Jinping's first State Visit to the USA later in September; before that he has the small matter of China's Parade and Ceremony to mark the 70th Anniversary of the ending of the War of Aggression by Japan against the Chinese People which takes place on Thursday. Some American military played a valuable role in that war, much appreciated by China.

President Obama has described the relationship between America and China as the most important one of the 21st Century. There is great hope that the upcoming visit will deepen that relationship and help clear up misunderstandings between the two great powers. Many think tanks have also invited President Xi to address them during his visit and talk about China's development plans.

China Daily, the leading English-language newspaper in China, and with a USA edition, is reaching out to American college age students to complete a survey on their views and opinions about China. I had the privilege of advising on the questions and bench testing them with CAPA students who had been in China this year. If you are an American aged 18 to 28, you are invited to complete the survey here.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China

Sydney: Home Away From Home

Sep 1, 2015 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

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Brandon Gustafson is an official CAPA blogger for Fall 2015, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A finance major at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

Below, Brandon shares his first impressions of the city that will be his home for the rest of 2015.

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That. Fight. Was. Sooo Longgggg. I left LA on Monday August 24th and arrived in Sydney on Wednesday August 26th. I’m not sure what happened to Tuesday, but I think I may have just time traveled.

I was sore and stiff after getting off the plane, but I could not have been happier. Transitioning to a foreign culture is always difficult, but seeing that everything was in English definitely made it easier. And seeing palm trees in winter. I really liked that.

Everything seemed surreal as my new friends and I set off for the Urbanest Apartment: our new home for the next three months. Oh, and August 26th 2015 also happened to be my 21st birthday. Life doesn’t get much better than this.

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You know how certain houses have a particular and unmistakable scent? It’s hard to describe and I don’t normally associate apartments with a scent, but Urbanest almost smelled like the “New Car Scent” trees you can hang in your car. A personal favorite.

I was greeted by very friendly CAPA and Urbanest staff when I got to the apartment. They made me take two pictures for their records. That’s when I really realized that I was in desperate need of a shower. Aside from that, the apartment was way nicer than I had expected. Wide open spaces, a brand new workout facility, game room, and outdoor picnic area. I have six roommates and the apartment size is perfect for all of us. I think we are going to make a lot of great memories here.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Snippets of Sydney: 9 Amazing Memories & A New Philosophy

Sep 1, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2014_From_Kelsey_Simon_-_Kelsey2-1Words by Kelsey Simon, a Retail Merchandising major from University of Minnesota at Twin Cities who studied abroad in Sydney with CAPA during Fall 2014. 

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My name is Kelsey Simon. I attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and am majoring in Retail Merchandising. I decided to go abroad as I felt it would give me a new perspective on international retail markets and fashion in different parts of the world. I decided to go through CAPA because they were able to transfer my credits back to my home university and they placed me at an internship site in Sydney.

I was also excited to start my travels around the world and felt like Australia would be a lovely place to begin. While I was there, I met the coolest group of people I could ever have imagined spending three months with. We went about and explored Australia together, made memories and saw spectacular sights that I will never forget.

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I find that I work too much when I am at home and don’t take advantages of the opportunities for travel around me. When I went to Australia I decided to change this and made it my goal to explore the city and make new friends. I met my goal, as you can see below in my pictures.

Here is a look at my time abroad through a few "snippet of Sydney”:

1. BLUE MOUNTAINS. Hiking around the Blue Mountains was a great way to kick off my Australian adventure. The entire CAPA crew went which meant that we all got to know each other and started forming friendships immediately. The best friendships are formed when finger painting a stranger’s face with nature.

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Posted in: CAPA Alumni, Sydney, Australia

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