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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, Activities Abroad, First Thoughts

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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