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Strategizing for Assignment Week in Dublin

Nov 7, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Casey Rhode

In this week's post, Casey talks about what assignment week is in Dublin and what college life is like during this time, including the projects she has worked on so far!

I’m in shock how fast time has flown by. It is officially midterm time and assignment week. This means there is only a month and a half left of my time studying abroad! For those of you who don’t know, assignment week is a week off for us students. It is supposed to be used to work on midterm assignments that are due the following week. A time where you do all your research and hope it’s enough to get you a passing grade on the assignment.

Not to say assignments aren’t important in America, but they’re way more important here. Between my two Griffith College classes I have a total of five assignments for the entire semester. I have three essays for my Film Studies course, each worth 33.3% of my final grade. For my Visual Communications course, I have two assignments, one worth 40% and one worth 60%. I have no final exams at all this semester. Also, grades don’t go up to 100 here, they go to 70. This means that I need a 40 overall in my classes to pass, or I fail. Talk about stressed, right?

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Classes, Classes in Dublin, Academics Abroad, Study Abroad, College Life

Experiencing Halloween in the Country that Started it All...Ireland!

Oct 31, 2018 10:09:28 AM / by Casey Rhode

In this week's post, Casey makes the most of being in the country that started Halloween ON Halloween. Read more to hear about the unique ways Halloween is celebrated in the place that started it all, Dublin, Ireland!

Halloween is fun and all in America, but there’s something about celebrating it in the place it originated in. That’s right, Ireland is the original Halloweentown! No, not like the Disney Channel original movie. Originally called All Hallows Eve, Halloween was a time to build huge sacred bonfires, wear costumes usually consisting of animal heads and skins. This isn’t something that is done anymore, it’s more about the funny costumes like being a minion or being Napoleon Dynamite.

Unlike our festivities in America, where little kids go out for candy and adults throw wild parties, some of the festivities in Ireland during Halloween are more centered around tradition. They have festivities like a Mary Shelly poetry reading, the Bram Stoker festival, and a parade with giant spooky floats.

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Posted in: Things to Do in Dublin, Culture in Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, Holidays Abroad

An Internship With the Griffith College Alumni and Careers Office

Oct 24, 2018 10:24:00 AM / by Casey Rhode

In this week's post, Casey talks about her marketing internship at Griffith college, what her daily work looks like and how her internship placement fits into her weekly schedule. 

As a CAPA student I had the opportunity to do an internship in a field that interested me. Having an interest in marketing, I was placed right on campus with the Griffith College Alumni and Careers Office. Not only is Griffith a great place to work, I have the shortest commute of all my friends! I work directly with the amazing Suzanna Doyle who is the Alumni Officer. Each day she checks in with me to see how my weekend was or how I’m feeling. She’s a great boss truly. I work Monday through Thursday for a total of 20 hours a week. Monday’s are my longest days where I work a full 8 hours.

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

A Hectic Birthday Weekend trip to London

Oct 15, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Casey Rhode

In this week's post, Casey travels to London for the weekend to celebrate her birthday with friends, and has some adventures she'll never forget. Keep reading to learn how to tour London in the rain and on a budget!

When I first decided I was going to go to London for my 20th birthday I was ecstatic. Little did I know how many adventures I would have during the weekend. My roommates Joanna and Alison were angels for going with me.

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

From Dublin to The Cliffs of Moher and Galway City

Oct 5, 2018 5:02:12 PM / by Casey Rhode

Casey recalls last weekend's CAPA excursion to the infamous Cliffs of Moher and Galway city—from the windy outlook on the cliffs to making friends with a local Irish woldfhound.

What is one of the most popular tourist destinations you should visit when in Ireland you ask? Cliffs of Moher. Our CAPA trip to Galway city and the Cliffs of Moher was one for the books and one that makes you realize how afraid of heights you actually are.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad, Day Trip, Food in Ireland, Must Do, My Global City

Exploring Dublin's Irish Museum of Modern Art

Oct 2, 2018 8:01:00 AM / by Casey Rhode

In this week's post, Casey, a lover of art, uses her free student access to get her art fix and explores the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She discusses some of the exhibits she visited and her favorite pieces from each.

There’s something about art that has always made me all warm inside, so this week I made my way to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It was free since I was a student, which made it even better. I’m still figuring out the bus system, so I decided to get some exercise in and walk. It’s about a 40-minute walk, but lucky for me it was a beautiful day and there wasn’t a drop of rain, just a bit windy. By the time I got there I was ready to dive into gorgeous art, so I grabbed my student ticket and some programs and was off. There were three exhibits open at the time due to renovations going on elsewhere in the museum. 

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad, Things to Do in Dublin, Culture in Dublin, Photography, Art Abroad

How to Treat a Traveler's Cold One Irish Tea Shop at a Time

Sep 26, 2018 3:07:36 PM / by Casey Rhode

Casey Rhode

Casey Rhode is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Interdisciplinary Studies major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Casey shares how a case of traveler's cold helped her discover her new love of Irish tea, how she's embracing the concept of "tea time," and her recommendations for the best spots to get tea in Dublin.

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I want everyone reading my posts to see my entire adventure, even the not so fun parts, so here I am. The sickness that our advisors mentioned we would get after about a week finally got to me. I wish I could say everything was all fine and dandy this whole week but being sick and starting classes and an internship isn’t the greatest combination. I’ve been drained and cold and coughing up a storm in the middle of classes. I’ve taken a bunch of medicine to hopefully feel better soon, but the one thing that has really helped is the tea I brought from home: organic roasted dandelion root tea with a couple drops of lemon juice.

Tea Garden's Selection of TeasTea Garden's selection of teas

Now, I’m not a tea person normally, but for some reason since I arrived in Dublin I have been drinking tea every day. I can’t go a day without it, partially because so many people are also drinking tea, so I feel obligated to drink it during “tea time”. By the way, “tea time” is actually just any time you want it to be, which I kind of love.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Activities Abroad, Food in Ireland, Food in Dublin, Tips

The Places I Visited During My First Week in Dublin

Sep 19, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Casey Rhode

Casey Rhode

Casey Rhode is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Interdisciplinary Studies major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Casey shares her first thoughts about Dublin and the places she's visited so far in this global city.

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I’m looking down and I see green, tons and tons of green…until I land and walk into the city where it’s buildings upon buildings, all shapes, sizes, and colors. In my first week in the city of Dublin I have been fully immersed and I’m loving every moment of it.

Croke Park

I have been blessed with three amazing roommates, one even from Arizona State University like me! We all get along and have similar ideas of how we want to keep the apartment and where to travel throughout the semester. We’ve set a goal of 3-4 places besides Ireland to travel to, so we’ll see if we can accomplish that while also attending classes and internships.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, First Thoughts, Activities Abroad

My Family Story Behind My Study Abroad and Travel Experience

Sep 12, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Casey Rhode

Casey Rhode

Casey Rhode is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Interdisciplinary Studies major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In her first post, Casey tells us about her family connection to Ireland and shares several packing lists for a fall semester abroad in Dublin.

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Studying abroad is something I’ve always wanted to do, and going to Ireland was at the top of my list. My dad is part-Irish, so the one thing that intrigued me about going to Ireland was learning about those ancestors. My grandpa has done extensive family research and he even told me about a castle that was for one of our ancestors. My entire family is extremely supportive of this adventure, and I couldn’t be more thankful. My mom’s side is all from Colombia and since I’ve been there already, they’re happy I’m getting to see my dad’s side.

On Top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris with FamilyWith my family on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

My mom struggled with me being away at college since it was across the country. I know she will have a hard time dropping me off at the airport with me now going across the world. My dad and my mom are both there if I need them, so I know that while I'll be so far, they’re a Skype call away. My sister is also extremely supportive. She’s my best friend and is very jealous that she can’t do study abroad for her musical theater degree. It’ll be hard not being able to talk to her every day because of the time difference and our schedules, but we know we’ll figure it out.

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

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