Adulting 101: 10 Money Saving Tips from CAPA's Finance Team

Dec 6, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Adulting (otherwise known as growing-up) is hard. Having your own responsibilities and making your own money can be an adjustment when you’re used to living at home and being taken care of. But there’s nothing like getting that first paycheck and knowing that all of your hard word amounted to something. You, and only you, just got paid!

Now that you’ve got that paycheck, what should you do with it? All that talk of saving for retirement so young can seem like it’s too far away to care about, but is it? The truth is that it’s never too early to start saving or learning the smart way to spend your hard-earned cash.

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To help you out, the experts from CAPA's very own finance department have come up with some tips to keep you on track toward financial stardom. Following these steps will put you on the right path toward saving and spending money efficiently:

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Posted in: Financing Study Abroad

A My Global Education Trip to Belfast

Dec 6, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_Katerina_Russo_Square_Profile.jpgKaterina Russo is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications and political science major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Katerina takes us along on a trip to Belfast, an excursion part of CAPA's My Global Education calendar of events. 


When studying abroad with CAPA, you have the opportunity to participate in amazing “My Global Education” events that are put on a few times throughout the semester. This week we made our way to Belfast for the day where we had the opportunity to really experience the city and so much of its history.

We started off by walking throughout parts of the inner city to see murals painted onto the sides of many ordinary everyday buildings. We saw ones from both the loyalist and nationalist sides of the conflict so were presented with both perspectives of the events that had taken place. 

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The peace wall located further into the city was also impressive, as you were able to see that people from all over the world had left their mark on it and the kind of creativity that had been expressed here.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, My Global Education

Why It's So Important to Let Your Child Study Abroad

Dec 5, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

An Interview with Barbara and Ed Sylvester, Parents of a Study Abroad Alumna


Meet Barbara and Ed Sylvester, parents of Jill Sylvester a double major in political science and Spanish at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Massachusetts. Jill studied abroad in London during spring semester 2016. Below, they share thoughts on how they felt when their daughter decided to study abroad, why they thought it was so important for her to have this experience and how she has changed since returning.

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Posted in: London, England, Interviews

A Step-by-Step Guide to Train Travel in Italy

Dec 5, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Fall2016_Spence_Hood_Square_Profile.jpgSpence Hood is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A computer science major at the University of Colorado (Boulder), he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Spence shares his experience of navigating Italy's train system over the last three months in a handy, step-by-step guide. 


Imagine a young, sleep-deprived man wearing a heavy backpack full of clothes, towels, a nice digital camera, etc. Now imagine a train sitting in a rather empty station, about fifteen seconds from departure to Florence. Now, go ahead and imagine that boy in the backpack sprinting down the platform of that station with jackets in both arms and two tickets between his teeth, yelling at his anxious friend ahead to get on the train stat, only making it on board himself with around four seconds to spare. Hi, I'm Spence, pleasure to meet you.

Below, I’ve put forward a start-to-finish walk through of transportation around Italy via train - one which I wish I'd have had three months ago.


So you wanna go from… Florence to San Marino (for example) sometime during the semester. Rad!

1. Pick a weekend that works best (being sure to make sure you're not forgetting about any make-up classes or events before deciding on dates) and head to

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy

Vlog: Saving Money the End of Your Study Abroad Trip

Dec 2, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_Emily_Lambert_Profile_Square.jpgEmily Lambert is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's video, Emily shares her top budgeting tips to keep in mind once you get to the end of your trip. 


Thanks Emily!

Emily's journey continues here on CAPA World every Friday. Bookmark her profile and stay tuned!

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

On The Importance of Study Abroad Friends

Dec 2, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Emily_Kearns_Column_Profile.jpgWords by Emily Kearns, a CAPA Florence study abroad alumna. Emily will be writing a column called "Remembering Florence" on CAPA World the first Friday of every month.

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Going to a foreign, non-English speaking country with no close friends or family took a lot of courage for me. However, I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Not knowing anybody beforehand led me to be more open, outgoing, and true to myself. Prior to leaving the country, I had been told that the friends I’ll make while abroad are friends I’ll have for life. I wasn’t entirely sold on that statement, since I was essentially going into the experience alone. How would I make friends with these individuals over a three-month period and instantly become lifelong friends? I also knew that I'd be meeting people from all over the country, which would make it difficult to keep in touch after the end of the program. How could I meet these people, spend a semester with them, go our separate ways, and still remain close friends? 

Once I arrived in Florence and started meeting my peers, I realized that the idea of those people being lifelong friends wasn't so crazy after all. As expected, I met people from all around the country, along with students at Pitt whom I'd never met on campus before. With a lot of these people, there was an instant connection - a connection that I had hoped wouldn't expire as soon as the semester ended.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Life After Study Abroad

Studying Abroad & The Power of Perspective

Dec 1, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2016_Sara_Martin_Profile.jpgSara Martin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A biological sciences major, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester through the custom program at the University of California, Davis.

In this week's post, Sara takes some time to reflect on her current situation in Sydney, how life Australia compares to life back home in the US and how her perspective has changed while studying abroad.


Coming up on the last week of the program has given me a strong sense of melancholy. Over the past few days, the reality that I will be leaving Australia has started to sink in and there is an overwhelming feeling to pack each day with anything I might regret not doing. Every day I speak with my flatmates who are in the program and none of us feel like we had enough time to see all that Australia has to offer. I remember what my dad kept telling me, “As soon as you adjust to the way of life there, it will be time to leave.” Well, Dad, you were right (I bet you never thought you would hear me say that, huh?).

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Love and Acceptance

Before entering the program, I had very mixed feelings about living with my classmates. On the one hand, they would always BE there; on the other hand, they would always be THERE. However, being around such loving individuals has not only helped force me out of my comfortable shell, but it has also taught me what pure acceptance feels like. I think that blindly meeting this random group of people took off a lot of pressure to make a “good” impression since I wouldn’t really ever have to see them again if I didn’t want to. For this reason, I have expressed more of my true self with my flatmates and other classmates than I would have with anyone other than my best friend. The result was empowering; I never thought I could feel even this comfortable in my own skin.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Stretch Yourself: 10 Recommendations to Make Your Shanghai Trip Worth It

Dec 1, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Shanghai_Fall2016_Caleb_Kostreva_Profile.jpgCaleb Kostreva is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A public policy and civic leadership; social science (global studies emphasis) major at Howard Payne University, he is studying abroad in Shanghai this term.

In this week's post, Caleb shares 10 of the best ways to make your study abroad trip worth it.


1. Eat something crazy

I’ve eaten a laundry list of foods that a lot of people would (and do) gasp at, but I believe that one cannot truly experience a country without trying at least one thing that is not… shall we say… normal.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Why We Travel

Nov 30, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2016_From_Katrina_Katie_Deisler_-_Profile.jpgKatrina Deisler is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A student at Rollins College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Katrina talks about some of her recent trips outside of London and what she learned from each one.  


This semester, I’ve had the privilege of traveling outside London and seeing places that I’d only seen in photos, that before this semester I wasn’t sure I’d ever see. Even now that I’ve been to France, Italy, Spain, Ireland and England, it sometimes doesn’t hit me that so many people aren’t able to travel in their whole lives as much as I have in the past few months. I feel so grateful for the opportunity to study in a place where the opportunities to travel are so frequent and affordable.

There are so many reasons to travel, and I recommend traveling in some capacity to anyone who studies abroad. Even when I felt tired, confused or anxious on my trips, I was constantly learning and trying to take in as much as I could in the short time I was there. Each new location taught me something new, and I’m excited to pass along some of these lessons here.


Check out my reflections from the CAPA Paris trip here! My time and perception in Paris, were so much different from the Paris that I encountered in real life.

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Posted in: Travel, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Embracing Two Volunteer Opportunities in Florence

Nov 30, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler Sides is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A psychology major, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester through the custom program at Norco College.

In this week's post, Kayla shares her two different volunteering experiences from Florence this semester. 


If you study abroad with CAPA, you will be introduced to an abundance of volunteer opportunities that you can take on during your semester abroad. From one-time events to semester-long programs, there’s something for everyone. This is a great way to not only become more immersed in your host city, but also a great way to give back to it. It’s a win-win! I decided to commit to two volunteer programs:

Teaching English at a local elementary school

For the past three months, I have assumed the role of an English teacher’s assistant once a week at the San Giuseppe elementary school. For just an hour every week, I help with English lessons that the teacher has planned.  A lot of the time, 10-15 minutes are set aside for activities that I come up with on my own. 

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy, Volunteering Abroad


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