How a Summer Abroad Led to Graduate School in London

Apr 24, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Victoria Ruggiero

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Meet Victoria Ruggiero, a communication and international business major who studied abroad in London in the summer of 2016. Below, she talks about her love of staying active outdoors, how her internship experience led her to want a job in the international sector, and why she loved living in Camden Town and thinks you would, too.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
VICTORIA RUGGIERO: My name is Victoria Ruggiero; I am from Long Island, New York. I am graduating in May of this year from The State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego with a degree in Communication and International Business. At school, I am a part of the Ski and Snowboarding Club, as well as the Outdoor Club. I really enjoy anything outdoors; I love to hike, bike, swim, snowboard, and soak in the sun. I have an intense passion for traveling to various destinations and exploring new places. This past summer, I had the privilege of studying abroad in London with the CAPA program. Studying and interning in London was the best experience of my entire life. I was able to experience an entirely new culture which allowed me to learn so much about myself, and the world around me.

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Posted in: London, England, CAPA Alumni, Interviews

The Person I am Because of Study Abroad

Apr 19, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Courtney Manning Profile Square.jpgCourtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Courtney talks about studying abroad in London has changed her as a person in a positive way.

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It’s hard to believe that I only have a week left of my program in London. I have dreamed about this trip since I was around five or six years old, and I’m honestly heartbroken about leaving. I’m blown away by how much I’ve changed during this trip- I knew I was going to change somewhat, but I never imagined it would be this drastic. I’m proud of my changes, though, because I feel that I am now truly a more cultured, tolerant and independent person than I was before.

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Posted in: London, England, Identity, Core Values

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.

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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

Living in Camden Town

Apr 12, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Courtney Manning Profile Square.jpgCourtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Courtney tells us about her local neighborhood in London: Camden Town.

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Camden Town is a wonderful place to live. We really lucked out by getting to live here, because it’s so famous (for basically being the birthplace of punk rock) and there is always something new and exciting happening. Amy Winehouse used to live here, so there are paintings and statues of her everywhere. When people typically think of Camden, Amy Winehouse immediately comes to mind.

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Posted in: London, England

London Ghost Bus Tour

Apr 10, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Valkyrie Profile.pngValkyrie Speaker, a film major at the University of Pittsburgh, is a CAPA World columnist during spring semester 2017. She'll be shooting weekly videos for "An American Film Student in London", published every Monday. 

For this week's vlog, Valkyrie brings us on a London Ghost Bus Tour.

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Thanks, Valkyrie!

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Interning in the US vs the UK

Apr 7, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Graysan Tompkins Profile.pngGraysan Tompkins is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's vlog, Graysan talks about the differences between interning in the U.S. versus interning in the U.K.

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Thanks Graysan!

Graysan's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned

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Posted in: London, England, Internships Abroad

Top 10 Hidden Gems of London

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

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Courtney Manning Profile Square.jpgCourtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Courtney tells us the top 10 hidden gems of London that she loves to spend time at or in.

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When most people think of London, their minds automatically jump to things like Big Ben, the London Eye, red telephone booths, double-decker buses and the Royal Family. These things are wonderful, and a huge part of London’s uniqueness, but there is so much more that makes up this beautiful city.

Here are a few of the so-called “hidden gems” (they aren’t actually really hidden- just places I really love to visit) that I’ve come to adore in London:

1. Parliament Hill

Hampstead has easily become my favorite area of London. It’s very posh, but also has a very relaxed and family-friendly vibe. Hampstead Heath, the local park, has one of the absolute best views of London. The park is full of cute dogs and people having picnics, and it’s a good place to hang out with friends or sit and chill by yourself. Harry Styles also lives in the area, which is an added bonus (in my opinion).

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Posted in: London, England, Top 10

Interpreting London Through 5 Words

Apr 3, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Valkyrie Profile.pngValkyrie Speaker, a film major at the University of Pittsburgh, is a CAPA World columnist during spring semester 2017. She'll be shooting weekly videos for "An American Film Student in London", published every Monday. 

For this week's vlog, Valkyrie uses 5 words as themes to interpret in the city of London.

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Thanks, Valkyrie!

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Posted in: London, England, Art Abroad

Spending a Weekend in London and Traveling Europe

Mar 31, 2017 1:30:00 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 visiting London over the weekend, and the ease of travel in Europe.

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“What are your plans for the weekend?” “Oh, just grabbing lunch in the Docklands, then popping over to London for a day or two.” If I’d overheard this conversation a few months ago, I would have thought it was insane. Buying a plane ticket and flying to another country just for the weekend? Impossible. Yet, those words slipped out of my mouth at work on Thursday evening. And, Friday afternoon I tossed some clothes in my backpack, grabbed a bus to the airport, and flew off to London. It was that easy. In fact, the bus rides to and from the airport were the longest and--I’m serious--most expensive part of my trip. Budget airlines, hostels, and common travels make it possible to spend less on a flight to London, Paris, or whichever European city you’ve dreamed of visiting for less than you’ll spend on dinner once you get there.

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Posted in: Travel, London, England, Dublin, Ireland

An American Walks Into a British Trump Rally...

Mar 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_From Sam Miller 6.jpgWords by Sam Miller, a Spring 2017 CAPA student in London. Below, Sam shares an essay written for her class, "Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: London".

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Homesickness, culture shock, and regretting the decision to study abroad are all valid fears that many students have before deciding to live in another country for the semester. All of these things certainly ran through my head while I prepared for my time studying, working and living in London, but one additional fear seemed to overwhelm the others. Being an American student my largest concern was how Londoners would react to my American background and assumed political views. With the current political turmoil bringing mounds of attention to America and our new controversial president, I was extremely anxious about how I would be viewed here and how I would respond to the dreaded “Trump question.” After arriving in London, I realized that there were definitely bigger things to worry about than America’s political state, but it seemed to be all that Londoner’s wanted to talk about. I wondered why they cared so much; how much would it really affect most of them anyway? I found the answer to these questions within the first few weeks of one of my classes: Analyzing and Exploring the Global City London. I learned about the key characteristics of global cities, one of them being political engagement, and I quickly made connections between this idea and an experience that I had at a political rally in Westminster (Kearney, Global Cities Index). Along with London’s identity as a global city comes a certain level of political awareness, engagement, all of which is clearly demonstrated in the area of Westminster, especially during a protest.

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Posted in: London, England, Essay, Classes in London, Politics

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