Night at the Zoo: Roar and Snore

Mar 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Natalie spends the night at Taronga Zoo with some unlikely animal friends.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Cultural Insights

The Sweet Side of Sydney

Mar 22, 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 talks about his mission to satisfy his sweet tooth, Sydney style.

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I’ve gained so much from my time abroad thus far. I’ve gained quite a few new friendships. I’ve gained heaps of independence and confidence. I’ve gained a better understanding of both American and Australian culture. Aaand, I’ve gained a bit of weight. Anyone who knows me well knows I have an enormous sweet tooth that I enjoy satisfying on the regular. Fortunately, the sweet side of Sydney is alive and well and able to do just that.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Food Abroad

Top 5 Cultural Celebrations in Australia

Mar 21, 2017 12:45:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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When you study abroad in Sydney, there are a few cultural celebrations throughout the country that are worth looking into attending!

Here are five for your list: 

1. Australia Day

Australia Day, celebrated on January 26, is the anniversary of the arrival of Captain Arthur Phillip and 11 ships of British convicts to New South Wales- marking the “founding” of Australia. On this day every year, Australians come together to celebrate their country’s greatness! People get together with family and friends, have barbeques, and set off fireworks.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Cultural Insights

Break Week Trip to New Zealand

Mar 16, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Natalie takes us to New Zealand with her, where she explores Cathedral Cove and Hobbiton.

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An International Identity Crisis

Mar 15, 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 losing his passport caused him to re-evaluate his identity.

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“There’s no way you lost it,” my friend Jane assured me as we boarded the Maiden of Milford for our scenic cruise throughout the Fiordlands of Milford Sound. We glided across the glassy waters through the towering fiords, eventually cruising off into the azure Tasman Sea. This serene, picturesque moment unfortunately tarnished by the terrible feeling of knowing I had committed the ultimate travel “uh-oh.”

That’s right, I lost my passport.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Study Abroad

My Identity as an American in Sydney

Mar 9, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Natalie talks about how she feels as an American in Sydney and discusses stereotypes.

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Remember: There's a "Study" in Study Abroad

Mar 8, 2017 1:30:00 PM / 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 his courses and interviews a professor for her point of view on study abroad..

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It’s true: studying abroad actually involves studying. While this may come as a surprise after reading about hanging with kangaroos and hiking the coasts, my time in Australia hasn’t been a complete walk in the park—I’ve only taken a few! Terrible jokes aside, I’ve had a tough time convincing my friends that in addition to the fun I’ve been having, classwork still exists and my GPA is still real. I understand their reasoning; I felt the same last fall as I double-tapped incredible Instagrams and gained 10-second glimpses into my own friends’ international adventures. All of which, I’ve discovered, were filtered—because I do the same.

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No one wants to see a grey classroom or pictures of essay-writing. Posting PowerPoint slides? Forget about it. While they may not be the most slightly part of my experience, academics consume a considerable amount of time. That is, courses run a lengthy 3.5 hours each.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia

How to Create Videos as an Official CAPA Vlogger

Mar 2, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Natalie takes us behind the scenes and walks us through the steps she takes to create her weekly videos as an official CAPA vlogger. 

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Adventures Alone: Living for Yourself While Abroad

Mar 1, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

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 talks about the appeal of making time to explore Sydney alone and some of his favorite places to go on his own to re-charge.

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Friday mornings are my favorite. I wake up early, pour a bowl of Weet-Bix, and watch Today alone as the warm morning sun floods our living room. I leave for my internship alone, weaving through the sidewalks among others bustling off to work as I hum along to my daily selection of tunes. I wait for the bus, discreetly observing passersby from behind my sunnies, relishing at the thought of living in Sydney for another day. I hail the 309 and I’m on my way for the day—alone.

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I eagerly anticipated meeting new friends and establishing new connections as I prepared to depart for Australia. With a program of close to 100 students, I looked forward to adventuring down under with heaps of new mates. My expectations were met within the first few days. We trekked throughout the city in groups of five, ten...even twenty on occasion, because we found comfort in numbers. As previously mentioned, navigating the city alone isn’t all that difficult—actually doing things alone initially proved challenging in our new surroundings.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Official Bloggers and Vloggers

Study Abroad in Sydney: Stories of Personal & Professional Growth

Feb 27, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

A CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview with Cherilyn Beckles

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Meet Cherilyn Beckles, a SUNY Oswego student studying broadcasting and public justice. She studied and interned abroad in Sydney, an experience that helped her grow both personally and professionally. Below, she talked a bit more about her day to day life interning with Southern Cross Austereo, the classes she took with CAPA and shares some practical advice on everything from living on a student budget to creating a sense of community with your housemates when you meet for the first time overseas.

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CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
CHERILYN BECKLES: I am from Brooklyn, New York with a Trinidadian background. I am a senior, graduating in December 2017, studying broadcasting and public justice at SUNY Oswego. I love to watch movies and not only for the enjoyment but because I love watching directing styles, costumes and set designs. It interests me how producers can recreate NYC in a studio in LA. I also enjoy coin collecting and reading literature. Coin collecting is a great way to learn about the history of a country and just an overall fun experience. I collected many coins on my way to Australia since my flight stopped in Hong Kong.

I chose to go to Sydney through CAPA because I have always wanted to go to Australia and figured that being able to not only study there but intern there would be the best way to get the true experience. As I was searching for the best program for me during the study abroad process, many caught my eye but CAPA stood out to me. I read a lot of reviews from satisfied people and talked to people who did the CAPA program and loved it. I knew that the program was for me and when I was accepted I was so excited for this trip and so grateful that I had also gotten the internship. CAPA seemed like the only program that offered an internship while abroad that you can also get credit with which was very important to me. I wanted to experience media abroad and immerse myself.

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