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

Study Abroad in Buenos Aires: What’s in my suitcase(s)?

Feb 27, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

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 her first post, Elizabeth shares the contents of her suitcase to help others packing for a semester abroad in Buenos Aires in the future! 



I’m checking two suitcases and bringing a carry-on for this trip, and I’m thrilled about having so much room. Last time I traveled I was farming and backpacking around Thailand for a month, and it was no easy feat fitting everything I needed into just one backpack. Still, I’m hoping to pack light enough to leave room to bring back lots of gifts. So, for anyone even remotely interested, here’s a big long list of everything I’m taking for my three month stay in Buenos Aires.

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Photo: These are my suitcases, and the red backpack is my carry-on.


These should all go in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost or some other disaster ensues.

  • laptop, charger, headphones & flashdrive
  • smartphone and charger

I’m bringing this as a camera and otherwise only using it when there’s wifi. The CAPA study abroad program requires students to have a working local phone number, so I plan to buy a cheap phone with a pay-as-you-go plan a day or two after arriving in Buenos Aires. (There are other phone plans and ways to change phone numbers so my methods may not be the most efficient by any means. However if you are, like me, woefully un-tech-savvy and easily frustrated while setting up data plans, this might be the way to go.)

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Vlog: Study Abroad Pre-Departure Thoughts & Feelings

Jan 25, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

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 her first video, Sarah shares the reasons she chose to study abroad and why Dublin specifically along with some of her worries and what she's most excited about.


Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Vlog: How to Prepare for Study Abroad - My Top 10 Tips

Jan 23, 2017 5:30:00 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 her first post, Michela gives us her top 10 tips on how to prepare before studying abroad.


Thanks, Michela!

Michela's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

When Packing for Italy: Necessity or Not?

Jan 12, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In her first post, Danya talks about the all important topic of packing to study abroad. 


I’m leaving for Italy in four days and could not be more overwhelmed. I will be saying goodbye to my parents, friends, and the comfort of knowing where I am and what to expect. But despite that, it is important to remember that my worries are only temporary and that I am about to possibly experience the most exciting and beneficial experiences of my life! There will be countless opportunities to learn from different outlooks, customs, and experiences. But I begin to worry again… will I be able to successfully take advantage of these opportunities? I find that the best way for me to deal with my anxieties is to establish definite goals regarding how to prepare.

One of the most intimidating challenges I face while preparing for Italy is figuring out how to pack. Granted I am an out-of-state student and am slightly familiar with how to stuff my belongings into a suitcase under a weight limit. If I learned anything from the horror scenes of packing during finals week it was that I brought way too many things. In Pittsburgh, I had the luxury of generous friends with big basements, but in Italy there will not be much room for mistakes. 

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

An American Film Student in London: Pre-Departure Preparation

Jan 9, 2017 1:30:00 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. 

In her first post, Valkyrie writes an introductory blog to discuss what she's done to prepare for study abroad. Her first video will be up next Monday!


To me, London has only ever been a city in Doctor Who, a beautiful and landmark city oceans away.

I grew up watching the Doctor and his companions parade around London while solving fantastic mysteries. It was an exotic and exciting city, but I had no money and poor swimming ability. How would I ever get there?

The answer was a process spanning over five years. I graduated from a high school that gave me a full-ride scholarship to university, got accepted into my number one school, kept my GPA up and applied to the study abroad program, and… presto. Time to prepare for London! 

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Posted in: London, England, Study Abroad, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Returning to a Place I Already Know I Love

Jan 4, 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 her first post, Courtney discusses how she feels before leaving for London and tells us about her journalism internship that she can't wait to start.


Ever since I was maybe 7- or 8-years-old, I knew that I wanted to live in London. I was the kid who was obsessed with Harry Potter to the point where it was slightly alarming. I grew up obsessed with everything British, from The Clash to One Direction and Amy Winehouse to Kate Middleton.

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Needless to say, when I first visited Mizzou as a prospective student and the London journalism internship became a topic of conversation, I was sold. When a professor giving a speech announced that seven of those students who did the London internship study abroad program were currently living and working in London post-graduation, I whipped my head around to look with wide eyes at my father, who gave me a knowing look of approval.

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

What to Pack for a Fall Semester Abroad in Dublin

Dec 13, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_Katerina_Russo_Square_Profile.jpgKaterina Russo is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications and political science major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Katerina shares her packing list for future students studying abroad in Dublin during fall semester. 


Looking back on my semester in Dublin, there are plenty of things I packed that I didn't end up needing, and a few things I wish I had taken but didn't. The weather in Ireland goes through some pretty drastic changes from day to day, so it's best to be prepared!

Here's a guide for what to pack and not to pack on your way to an unforgettable semester living in Dublin.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

The CAPA Advising Team is on Twitter!

Sep 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Leah_Gillen_Interview3.jpgWords by Leah Gillen, a CAPA Admissions Advisor. Read more about Leah in her CAPA World blog interview.  

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CAPA is rolling out an even easier way for students to get in contact with an advisor—the @CAPAadvising twitter handle!

We regularly tweet deadline reminders, program specific information and advice for studying abroad. Have a quick question you want to ask? Tweet at us!


Our twitter handle gives you immediate access to CAPA’s advising department. We’re happy to cover a variety of topics, and we’ll also provide our online scheduler information if you’d like to set up an appointment.

Happy tweeting!

Thanks for the update, Leah!

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Preparing to Study and Intern Abroad in Sydney

Sep 22, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2016_Sara_Martin_Profile.jpgSara Martin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A biological sciences major, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester through the custom program at the University of California, Davis.

In this week's post, Sara shares her pre-departure thoughts, excitement for her internship and the process she went through to get her where she is right now: about to board a plane to Sydney!


Although I grew up thinking that my hometown Redding, California, was an average city (being the largest town in the area), I now realize how small it really is after moving away for school. This taste of freedom was part of the reason that I wanted to study abroad. The idea of getting to peek into different cultures all over the world is very exciting. The only traveling outside of the United States that I’ve done has been visiting family with my dad and step-mom in the Philippines when I was younger.

The decision to study abroad was a long process involving endless budgeting so my friends and family weren’t exactly surprised by the time I made my decision, but they were still happy for me. However, I don’t think I would have had the courage to sign up if it wasn’t for my roommate and best friend of three years, Anna Smith. She has bestowed upon me as much travel wisdom as possible and I believe I can at least make it through the airports now. While my parents are a little nervous about me being so far away from home and in such a different environment, they are also very excited about how much I will learn while I am in Sydney.

Photos: Kid’s Kingdom, Redding, CA

I originally wanted to study abroad because I knew that I needed a big change in my life. The knowledge that my fourth year is coming up and I haven’t really focused on anything beside the academic side of school was driving me crazy. I want to explore new cultures because I feel that understanding those with ideals different from one’s own is one of the most important things that one can do to become more open to different ways of life – in turn making for a more peaceful future. I also believe that learning about similarities and differences with others is the best way to truly understanding oneself.

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


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