Vlog: Study Abroad Orientation in London

May 25, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

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Melanie Davis is an official CAPA vlogger for summer 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications and film double major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in London this term.

In this week's video, Melanie arrives in London and takes us along on some of the CAPA orientation activities.

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Thanks Melanie!

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Vlog: Study Abroad in Sydney - Pre-Departure Thoughts

May 25, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Official_CAPA_Vlogger_Mitch_Tomlin_-_Square.jpgMitchell Tomlin is an official CAPA vlogger for summer 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An entrepreneurship and marketing double major at the University of Dayton, he is studying abroad in Sydney this term.

In his first video, Mitchell shares his thoughts, fears and excitement before his journey to Australia where he will spend the summer taking classes, interning and exploring Sydney. 

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How to Study Abroad with Type 1 Diabetes

May 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Ben_Hicks.pngWords by Benjamin Hicks, a CAPA London alum and business administration major from the University of Florida. 

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Living life with Type 1 Diabetes presents some troubles of its own. The disease can act as a deterrent which makes everyday tasks such as eating, sports and sleep more difficult. Managing diabetes is a constant act of balancing doses with your food and activity level, so deciding to study abroad for a Type 1 Diabetic is a big commitment. You’re exposing yourself to a new environment where you're surrounded by strangers and breaking the routine that you’ve become accustomed to.

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A routine is important for diabetics because your insulin is dependent on your activities for the day. Studying abroad or even traveling in general will disrupt this routine and present you with new challenges. Planning ahead makes your time abroad a bit easier. There will be factors you don’t prepare for (the tempting pastry shop on the corner, walking home with a friend rather than your usual transportation, etc.) but if your diabetes has taught you anything, it's how to adapt.

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10 Resources for Foodies: Shanghai Edition

May 24, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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

10 Resources for Foodies: Shanghai Edition

1. THE SHANGHAI KID. The Shanghai Kid is a blog written by Fred Lin who is originally from Singapore. Fred is a spirited soul who works as the Head of Creative for Avazu, as well as the founder/creative director of FLINT Creative. Alongside his other hobbies like music, designing, web developing, and photography, Fred eats well. Fred's love for food led him to open a restaurant, Hello Miss Dong, where he cooks recipes inspired by his mother and Singaporean cuisine. Fred started his food blog in 2013 to share his thoughts on the eating experiences he had in Shanghai. His blog has transformed over the past few years to an outlet where diners and restaurant owners alike value his opinion and seek his approval.

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Making the Decision to Study Abroad

May 23, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Summer2016_From_Matthew_Ramsay_-_Official_CAPA_Blogger.jpgMathew Ramsay is an official CAPA blogger/vlogger for summer 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World, sometimes including short video snippets. A political science major and economics minor at Morehouse College, he is studying abroad in Sydney this term.

In his first post, Matthew shares his motivation and inspiration for studying abroad and his pre-departure thoughts as he prepares for for the long flight to Australia.

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What causes one to leave their home country and venture into the vast unknown of this world? Home is always comfortable, familiar. But, this is exactly what I am trying to escape from. Why? Because I believe home often confines you to a box of complacency and unawareness. I try to challenge myself to step out of this box from time to time. What scares and frustrates me the most is when it becomes increasingly difficult to do so. It's sometimes important to put oneself in uncomfortable situations or stumble upon a new discovery whether it be material or intangible.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Through the Lens: Capturing Life Across the Globe

May 23, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

An Interview with Photographer Chris Lee

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Meet Chris Lee, a London-based creative who focuses on a variety of media, but is particularly drawn to photography. He is part of a collective with two other photographers (each with a different style) called Tripod City. Together, they travel to capture life in other places around the globe. One of their recent adventures took place in China. Below, Chris shares his impressions of the CAPA city of Shanghai, talks about the importance of collaboration and offers some advice for capturing your study abroad experience through the lens.

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CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about your background.
CHRIS LEE: I grew up in Essex on the outskirts of London but the city chaos always drew me in from an early age and I'm now living Finsbury Park. I studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins a few years back and have been trying to make my way freelance in just about anything with a frame: illustration, storyboard art, film (writing, direction, editing and cinematography) and, of course, photography. I'm still 'finding myself' so this diversity keeps me active but I'm generally shooting on the streets when work is quiet.

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Posted in: London, England, Interviews, Shanghai, China

Study Abroad in Buenos Aires: The Academics

May 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM / 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 talks about the classes he's been taking at Austral University during his semester abroad with CAPA. 

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Those of you who have been following my blog over the past months may have easily missed the fact I actually go to school here, because I’ve been blogging mostly about things I’ve done outside of school. That ends with this post.

My week revolves around my classes. The twelve hours I’m taking this semester will count to my Spanish major and Latin American Studies minor. Class meets for three hours (with a break in the middle) per week, and homework usually consists of reading, writing essays, preparing presentations and studying—all in English. There’s no significant difference between my classes in the US.

Here’s a breakdown of each class:

SPANISH III

This semester of Spanish has been one of my absolute favorites in my entire academic career. It started out with a broad review of Spanish grammar then focused in on Argentine literature. We’ve spent a few weeks translating an entire Borges short story word for word out loud during the class period. It’s a demanding but rewarding experience.

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

Maine to Ireland: Top 10 Dublin Restaurant Recommendations

May 20, 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 tackles everyone's favorite topic: food! After having the majority of a semester to explore her options, she shares her top 10 restaurant recommendations for future CAPA Dublin students. 

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It is hard to pin point just 10 of my favorite restaurants in Dublin, but this is a compiled list of the best of the best for taste, budget, service, and environment.

1. TOLTECA. Of course we all said Tolteca first! I am assuming that is because it is the equivalent to what most of us know back home as Chipotle. Tolteca has all the same options – nearly exact. There is not much to describe as it does not differ a whole lot to Chipotle other than that the restaurant colors are red and white, they say “take away” not “to go”, and they have a student deal for only €5. Yes, they also charge you for guacamole, but let’s be honest, it is delicious and none of us can pass it up. It is a quick meal to grab on the way home from traveling, it is easily accessible, and there are several locations right in Dublin! Highly recommended for people who cannot live without Chipotle.

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(Photo from CAPA Dublin alumna Ashley Welsh)

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Food Abroad

On Street Food & the China Art Museum

May 19, 2016 1:30:00 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 talks about a street food vendor he will never forget and a visit to the China Art Museum. 

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Nihao!

STREET FOOD

Every morning, I wake up and go on my morning run. I usually get a piece of fruit afterwards. The fresh fruit sold on the street corners in Shanghai is tasty and refreshing.

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Vlog: Packing for a Summer Abroad in London

May 18, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

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Melanie Davis is an official CAPA vlogger for summer 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications and film double major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in London this term.

Her first video is, appropriately, about packing: where all great adventures begin!

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

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