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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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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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

Spring Break Part 2: Sorrento, Capri and Rome

Mar 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM / 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 heads to Italy for part 2 of her spring break abroad.

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Graysan's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned

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On Being Abroad During Hard Times

Mar 29, 2017 1:30:00 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 discusses her feelings about the serious incident in London on March 22, 2017.

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As the majority of the world knows, there was an attack in London on Wednesday, March 22. I intern in Westminster, where the attacks happened, only a short walk away from Parliament and the Westminster Bridge. I didn’t even know it had happened at first- I was writing an article for my internship and had my headphones in when people in our trip GroupMe started asking if everyone was okay. Confused, I checked Twitter to see what was going on. Apparently my colleagues had been talking about it for a few minutes by that time, and were trying to understand what had actually happened through the limited (and many false) updates on the internet.

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Posted in: London, England, Safety Abroad

Being in London as a Zombie

Mar 27, 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 shows us the fun she had around London with her leftover makeup from shooting a zombie film for class!

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Spring Break: Venice and Florence

Mar 24, 2017 5:30:00 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 heads to Italy for part 1 of her spring break abroad.

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Graysan's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned

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Moments in Marrakesh: Spring Break in Morocco

Mar 22, 2017 2:45:00 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 goes on a spring break trip to Marrakesh, Morocco.

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For my spring break trip, I went to Morocco, and it was the absolute trip of a lifetime. I had never been to Africa before, and this was definitely the most unique place I have ever traveled to.  While in Morocco, I was on sensory overload. The noises, the sounds, the smells, the bright colors- Morocco is like no place I have ever been. I felt like Indiana Jones while walking around the markets of Marrakesh.

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Posted in: Travel, London, England