Homeward Bound: Ten Little Feelings I’ve Left in London

May 3, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Rikki_Li_Profile.pngRikki Li has been an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Writing and Psychology major at the University of Pittsburgh, she has been studying abroad in London this semester.

This is Rikki's last post as an official CAPA blogger in which she shares her final reflections on her time abroad. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Rikki! We wish you all the best. 

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Perhaps I’ve mentioned this before in passing, but I’ve been thinking a lot more about the ephemerality of memory these days. How some things are more precious because they don’t last, and how it’s both frightening and humbling that even the most remarkable of moments will eventually fade from our minds.

It’s barely been a week since I’ve left London, and the last four months already feel like a dream. Sometimes, as I hang between sleep and waking, I imagine that I can still hear the sound of the Tube rumbling past my window, only for the sound to disappear the moment I open my eyes.

At the same time, homecoming has been delightfully bittersweet, as most homecomings are. Instead of going straight back to the US, I took a detour to China in order to visit my extended family for the first time since I’ve started college. It’s almost surreal—waking up in my mother’s childhood home at 4am, not bothering to fight the lingering effects of jet lag, and reflecting upon all the homes I’ve somehow accrued in this tiny sliver of my life. Philadelphia. Pittsburgh. Shanghai. And now, London.

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

10 Resources for Foodies: Dublin Edition

May 3, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Whether you're studying abroad in Dublin now, heading there soon and making your bucket list or just back in the United States and reminiscing about the food in Ireland, here are 10 resources you'll appreciate.

1. FRENCH FOODIE IN DUBLIN. As the name of her popular blog, French Foodie in Dublin, would suggest, Ballymaloe-trained cook Ketty Elisabeth was born in France, but she's been eating her way around Dublin since 2004. She started her award-winning blog about her love and appreciation for food in 2012. From practical posts about where to find the best bread in the city to restaurant reviews to recipes, if it has to do with food, you'll find it here. For additional foodie inspiration, check out Ketty's Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Food Abroad

Attending Church in Buenos Aires

May 2, 2016 7:00:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2016_Tommy_Sullivan.jpgTommy Sullivan is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A broadcasting and Spanish major Western Kentucky University, he is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Tommy shares his experience of attending church in Buenos Aires. 

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I’ve loved going to church in Buenos Aires. Being Catholic here has been really cool, as Pope Francis hails from the city.

Catholic mass is the same throughout the world, so attending it here is exactly the same as home. Knowing the order of the service has been comforting and relaxing, especially during the times I’ve been homesick. Plus, knowing my friends and my family back in the US did the exact same thing that weekend gives me some small bit of comfort, and it’s also nice to always have something to look forward to. Planning on going to mass also gives my Sundays somewhat of a schedule, so I can make the most of the weekend.

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Photo: Here's a shot from the inside of the church I've been attending

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

On Relocating to Pursue a Career You Love

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

 Meet the CAPA Staff: Leah Gillen

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Meet CAPA Admissions Advisor Leah Gillen. Leah loves to travel, of course, spending a semester abroad in college, heading to Turkey to teach English and then relocating from her home in Pittsburgh to Boston for her current role. Below, Leah shares the best part about her job, tells us which Turkish dish she most enjoys cooking and lets us in on the one thing she would most like to have on her desk right now. 

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CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself and some of your hobbies and interests and where you’re from originally. What’s the coolest thing about living in Boston?
LEAH GILLEN: My name is Leah. I’ve been working as an Admissions Advisor at CAPA and living in Boston for about eight months now. I’m originally from Pittsburgh, where my family and our two French bulldogs still live. The coolest thing about living in Boston is all there is to do around the city! It never ends.

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Posted in: Interviews, CAPA Staff

Vlog: Reflecting on a Semester Abroad in Florence

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

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring_2016_Whitney_Browne_-_Official_CAPA_Vlogger_Photo.jpgWhitney Browne has been an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An accounting and technology management major at the Indiana University Bloomington, she has been studying abroad in Florence this semester.

This is Whitney's last post as a CAPA vlogger, reflecting on how she's changed since spending a semester abroad in Italy. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Whitney! We wish you all the best.

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy

Maine to Ireland: Who Will I Be When I Go Home?

Apr 29, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring_2016_Nicole_Taylor_Official_CAPA_Blogger_Photo.jpgNicole Taylor is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism and media writing major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Nicole thinks about who she is today, having experienced a different way of life in Ireland, and how her time abroad will have shaped her as she navigates life back in the United States.  

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“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

I have thought about this prompt for so long—since before I left for Ireland. I wondered how I would change, or if I would change at all. Would my expectations be altered? My values? What about how I see the world?

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I'm struggling to come to terms with the end of this journey. I often think about time. I count down the days to an event just like I did with leaving for Ireland. I have counted down the days until I go home, back to America. Here I am just a month away from that day and I all of a sudden realize there is so much to think about. Everyone at home has been going about their lives: work, school, holidays, birthdays, and sleep in between. Nothing has stopped happening. For me, it feels like everything has changed.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Oh To Be a Center Fielder! Sport & Study Abroad

Apr 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Dr Michael Woolf CAPA International Education

Thoughts on Education Abroad” is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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In higher education in general, participation in sport is a form of experiential education that receives inadequate attention or recognition. It is also rarely given comparative status with other forms of participatory engagement such as internships, volunteerism and so on. The stereotypical athlete or “jock” is a satirized figure -- dumb and ill-educated: a subject of fun, or worse, ridicule (often created by those with a sense of class superiority). Scandals associated with institutions who allow athletes to “pass” courses without real study are assumed, unreasonably, to represent the norm. Sport in higher education is frequently represented (mis-represented) through a combination of parody, prejudicial elitism, and thoughtless assumption.

Participation in sport deserves more serious theoretical consideration: as a mode of experiential education it teaches many of those skills we associate with ostensibly more prestigious models. Engagement in team sports (at least) has the potential to achieve a number of learning objectives more commonly associated with other forms of experiential education -- not least, personal time management, group cooperation and collective responsibility (an important counter to prevailing individualism), the necessity of listening rather than speaking and so on. At a very obvious level, sport involves the acquisition of such disciplines as individual responsibility to contribute to the team; and personal behavior qualities such as emotional control, time keeping, and respect for public standards.

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Posted in: International Education, Sports Abroad

A CAPA Shanghai Excursion to Suzhou

Apr 28, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Shanghai_spring2016_From_Daniel_Thompson.jpgDaniel Thompson is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A sociology major at Lebanon Valley College, he is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Daniel takes us along on a CAPA Shanghai excursion to Suzhou.

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A few weekends ago, some CAPA Shanghai students went to visit the city of Suzhou, which is right outside of Shanghai.

We started our day bright and early and hopped on a private bus to Suzhou. Sitting on the bus, I looked out the window as all the cars were passing by. I admired the scenery and watched it change from a modern city to a more traditional aesthetic.

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The city of Suzhou has a very ancient look to it. It's full of people, but also has a sense of peace and tradition. If I had to compare Shanghai to Suzhou, I'd say Shanghai is more of a melting pot full of different cultures from around the world and foods that are authentic to certain places.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

10 Lessons from a Semester in Florence

Apr 28, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring_2016_Marte_Eggleston_-_Official_CAPA_Blogger_Profile.jpgMarte Eggleston has been an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism major at the Indiana University, she has been studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In her last post as an official CAPA blogger, Marte shares 10 lessons her semester in Florence has taught her. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Marte! We wish you all the best.

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It is the strangest feeling writing this blog post about coming home. Going back seemed so far away, and then suddenly it was a month away, a week away, and now it’s here. I’m fortunate that my family is here in Florence and we are spending an extra week visiting Florence, Venice, and La Spezia together. Leaving is bittersweet in the best ways. I’m grateful for all of the friends I’ve made, but also I’m incredibly excited to see my friends and family back home. I’m sad to be leaving Florence and Europe in general, but I’m so glad I had the opportunity to study here in the first place. I’ve been able to find my place in a completely different culture and I accomplished things that I never thought possible.

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It’s funny to think about going back home and hearing so much English for the first time in months. I’ve been lucky in Florence for the fact that I can practice Italian but also knew I could use English if I needed to. It was one of the biggest things I had to get used to, especially when I traveled to other countries. I realized that not being able to understand every word gives you a kind of freedom that you couldn’t have if you spoke the language.

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy

Redefining Home: A Reflection on a Semester Abroad in Sydney

Apr 27, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2016_From_Kisha_PAtel_-_Official_CAPA_Blogger_Image.jpegKisha Patel has been an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A political science and gender/women's studies major at Ursinus College, she has been studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

This is Kisha's last post as a CAPA blogger, a reflection on what it's like to be home after a semester in Oz and all that she learned along the way. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Kisha. We wish you the best!

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Greetings from… home?

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I’ve been home for a few days and I still feel so unsettled. Home doesn’t quite feel like home yet. I left the airport and expected to see the busy streets of Sydney and instead I saw trees and grass, which I haven’t really seen in four months. I landed at Reagan Airport in DC and as I was driving away, I could see the Washington DC monuments in the distance. Seeing the Washington monument and the Capitol building is when it really hit me that I wasn’t in Sydney anymore, and I didn’t like it.

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Photo: Definitely not my central Sydney apartment complex anymore

I’ve always been unsettled about where home actually is. I moved around yearly growing up and so when people would ask me where I am from, I don’t know what to say. Eventually, when I went off to college, that town became home… until I went to Sydney. Sydney stole a place in my heart and a spot called home.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

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