Julie Ritz

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Preparing Yourself for an Interview

Apr 19, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_Sarah Kaplan Profile Square.jpgSarah Kaplan is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A screen studies major with a concentration in film/media production at Clark University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's video, Sarah gives her best interview tips to make landing any job easier.


Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Interviews

Aussie Airport Adventures: Traveling Down Under

Apr 19, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

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 this week's post, Colin discusses how traveling by plane in Australia varies from the US on a getaway to Cairns in Northern Australia.


Shoes? On. Liquids? Full. ID? No need. The travel-savvy readers may know what I’m talking about, but they’re probably a bit confused; as was I while strolling through the security checkpoint at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. As Americans, we’re accustomed to adhering to TSA’s strict security protocols such as the 3-1-1 liquid rule, a trip through the body scanner, and being asked for identification at least twice before gaining admission into a terminal. It’s the standard for travelling in the USA. We understand the importance of the preventative measures enforced by the TSA, regardless of how annoying or tedious they seem, because the reality of the adverse consequences is all too present in our society.

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Posted in: Travel, Sydney, Australia

Vlog: 5 Tips on Reverse Culture Shock

Apr 18, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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 post, Emmanuel talks us through the 5 tips to use if you're experiencing reverse culture shock.



Thanks Emmanuel!

Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy

Exploring Zhangjiajie: the Land of Avatar

Apr 18, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_DanielleThai_Blogger_Shanghai.pngDanielle Thai is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A resource economics major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Danielle takes us to Zhangjiajie, the city where the movie Avatar was filmed with scenic views.


Ever heard of Zhangjiajie in China? Your answer is probably no, but what if I told you it is where the movie Avatar was filmed? Now images of the scenes will be flashing in your mind if you've seen the movie (not the cartoon Avatar, but the Avatar with the blue people). Once I realized that the movie was filmed in China, I wanted to go visit while I am here.

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Posted in: Travel, Shanghai, China

10 YouTube Channels to Subscribe to Before You Travel

Apr 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

We know that our Official CAPA Vloggers produce great videos full of everything from practical advice to stunning scenery. Although they only get to make videos of their journeys for a semester, there are some people who spend their lives recording their travels and sharing them with the world.

Most of these professional vloggers get their start on YouTube, a popular video hosting website that you may be familiar with. Here are our top 10 picks for which YouTube to channels to subscribe to before you travel:

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1. FUNFORLOUIS. Louis Cole is a British filmmaker who vlogs about his travels daily. He started out as a food blogger, but realized what he really liked was the positive message of his travel videos. He is one of the founders of The Solvey Project that goes around the world to find people who want to solve problems in their home countries.

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Milongas in Buenos Aires: Tango

Apr 17, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth takes us to two milongas: places where tango dancers show off their moves.


Thanks to a little encouragement from my roommate and a required part of my coursework, this week I finally got to experience--twice-- Buenos Aires’ arguably most renowned cultural phenomena: tango. It’s really fun.  

A milonga is a tango dance that’s open to the public, usually for a small fee.  They’re all over Buenos Aires, and often they feature a full orchestra, beginner lessons beforehand, and a tango show.  People from all over come to learn, or watch, or dance tango.  (Usually people only dance if they really know what they’re doing.)  Tango is a very intricate and intimate dance.  The first thing I noticed was how closely couples danced--cheeks or foreheads touching, arms pressed together, chests and legs grazing each other lightly.  Everyone seemed to have a different dancing style.  Some made swift, close steps and lifts with their legs, others glided slowly, some stood perfectly upright, some leaned in close to their partners.  Many women danced with their eyes closed.  One of my favorite parts of watching the milongas was seeing how the same dancer changed his or her style and energy depending on the partner, since people typically change partners after each dance.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cultural Insights

Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Apr 17, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_Michela Mickaluck Square.jpgMichela Mickaluck is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A public relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Michela brings us along to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway.


Thanks, Michela!

Michela's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland

How Being Open Minded Abroad Gives You the Most Opportunity

Apr 17, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Taylor McAllister

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Tour of the Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow

Meet Taylor McAllister, a psychology major at Clark University who studied abroad in Dublin in fall 2016. Below, Taylor talks about taking classes in Dublin that connected her to the city and its history, how her internship led her to find the right fit for her future university studies and career, and how being abroad during a time of big change back home (for her- the 2016 election) can give you different insight on the situation.

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Hi! My name is Taylor and I studied abroad with CAPA in Dublin, Ireland for the fall semester of 2016. I am currently a junior at Clark University in Massachusetts and I am studying psychology and education. After graduation, I am hoping to attend grad school and receive a degree in school psychology. My favorite thing to do outside of the classroom is dance; I have been dancing ever since I was three years old and I am one of the co-directors of Clark’s Dance Society group on campus.

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The Not-So-Average Day of a CAPA Intern

Apr 14, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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 this week's post, Nathan tells us about the not-so-average day of a CAPA intern.


My first few months in Dublin made the city feel like a constant flurry of excitement. There was something new happening every day, with classes to attend, internships to start, tours to go on, and sights to see. But that’s just the study abroad experience; I quickly realized that work-life in Ireland takes a much more leisurely pace. When I show up to work in the US, I jump right into my first task, with supervisors constantly on hand to remind me to stay focused, avoid distractions, and meet deadlines. When I show up to my internship at Griffith College Marketing, I stop to greet everyone in the office, make myself a cup of tea or coffee, chat with my supervisor, sit down at my desk, and just take a moment to settle in before I start to work. Sometimes, it even includes a breakfast out after work hours have started. A few hours later, everyone takes an hour-long lunch before finishing off the day’s work.


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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Internships Abroad, Internships in Dublin

Alumni Update: My Journey to an Internationally Minded Career after Study Abroad

Apr 14, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

Emily McGeary.jpgWords by Emily McGeary, a CAPA alumna who studied abroad in London during Fall 2014, and now works in the study abroad industry.


After I studied abroad with CAPA London in the fall of 2014, I knew my future career needed to have an international focus. Being in London opened my mind to people and places that were unfamiliar. Suddenly, the broader world became concrete to me and I wanted to continue thinking globally and incorporating cultures outside my own in my daily life back in the United States.

Education has always been important to me. Before studying abroad, my goal had been to work in education administration. I wanted to stay in the university environment and work with college students. I had hoped to be an academic advisor or admissions recruiter, but after I studied abroad, I decided I wanted to help college students see another part of the world like I had the opportunity to do. 

This dream didn’t come to fruition right away. In fact, it would be a long process before I was hired in a full-time position with an international focus. It was something I had to work toward and I needed time to determine the balance between where my skills would be most useful and what kind of positions I was passionate about.

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Posted in: London, England, CAPA Alumni, Interviews, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations