Christopher Halka

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How to Spend a 10-Day Fall Break in 5 Different Countries

Nov 9, 2018 10:14:00 AM / by Christopher Halka

In this week's post, Christopher recounts his whirlwind Fall break where he traveled to and experienced the cultures of not one, not two, but FIVE different cities in TEN Days!

As my schedule requires me to be busy roughly five days a week, I have found that it has been rather challenging to take off from work to go about and travel for the whole weekend in Europe. Having to average twenty hours a week over the course of the semester has made me focus on honing my time management and planning skills to be able to juggle work, school, and traveling. However, this past week we were off from classes for a mid-semester break and I took full advantage of the opportunity to travel abroad throughout Europe.

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Posted in: London, England, Why Study Abroad, Weekend Trip, Fall Break Abroad, Travel

A Day in the Life Interning in London

Nov 5, 2018 10:16:00 AM / by Christopher Halka

In this week's post, Christopher tells us about his internship in London at the London Edition Hotel and what a day in the life looks like balancing his commute, internship, and classes.

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Posted in: London, England, Commuting in London, Internships in London, Classes in London

Top 10 Experiences in London Town Thus Far

Nov 2, 2018 11:17:00 AM / by Christopher Halka

Now more than halfway through his semester in London, Christopher reflects on his 10 favorite experiences he's had thus far.

As we have reached the halfway point of the semester I feel that for my next blog post would be a great idea to list my top ten experiences in London Town thus far, in no particular order.

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Posted in: London, England, Activities Abroad, Local Culture, Must Do

How to Keep in Touch with People Back Home When Studying Abroad

Oct 12, 2018 11:39:59 AM / by Christopher Halka

In this week's post, Christopher discusses how he finds time to keep in touch with friends and family while studying abroad, and how he's learned to navigate busy schedules and the time difference between himself and the people back home.

During my time abroad there has been a situation that has been rather complicated to effectively manage. I'm specifically referring to staying in contact with my friends and family back home in the United States. It has been rather difficult trying to coordinate time during the day talk to all my friends and family back home. Between working twenty hours a week at my internship, taking four classes, and having to handle the course load that goes along with them, there already is very little free time during my day. In addition, the five-hour time difference makes it rather difficult to find a specific time in the today to talk. However, when its people you truly care about you go out of your way and make the extra effort.

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Posted in: Homesickness, London, England, Communication

Experiencing London Sub-cultures Inside & Outside the Classroom

Oct 4, 2018 12:48:25 PM / by Christopher Halka

In this week's post, Christopher discusses one of his unique CAPA Courses: Post War British Pop/Subculture. He  highlights the field-trip style setting of the class, including a visit to the Shoreditch neighborhood.

As another week has passed and midterms are right around the corner.  I thought a good topic for this week’s installment would be to discuss my experiences in the classroom. This semester I am taking four classes, Global Supply Chain Management, Post-War British Pop/Subcultures, Exploring and Analyzing the Global City, and my Internship workshop. I enjoy the perspective of challenging myself and ultimately look forward to my time in the classroom each week, I’m going to highlight some of the experiences from my favorite class Post War British Pop/Subculture.

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Posted in: London, England, Cultural Insights, Classes in London, Local Culture

3 Ways Study Abroad Helps You See the World Through a New Lens

Oct 1, 2018 10:26:34 AM / by Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Accounting major at Siena College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Christopher reveals three ways he's noticed his perspectives on school, life, and his own abilities had changed since beginning his CAPA London program. 

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So far, as I have completed roughly one quarter of the London Program, I have been fully immersed in the hustle and culture in one of the biggest cities in the entire world. My experiences both inside and outside of the classroom have given me a new inspiration of what it means to be a student. It has been a world of difference compared to my experience back at my university in the United States.

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Going to school in upstate New York you often find yourself with a lot of free time on your hands and very few creative or adventurous outlets depending on the season; four months of the year there is permanent snow on the ground with constant winds and freezing temperatures. During these long winter months last year, I developed a habit of playing video games so much that it eventually cut into my study time for my classes. Back in my environment at school I often found myself in a cycle where I would be comfortable with not putting my best foot forward when came time to study for tests. My grades were reflective of my efforts, they were enough to meet my scholarship requirements, but they ultimately haven’t been what I have been striving for each semester (which is straight A’s). Now, my outlook towards classes is forever changing, so here are 3 areas where  I've seen my perspective changing this semester, and where yours might too!

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Posted in: London, England, Cultural Insights, Personal Learning

My New Favorite Thing: Indian Food in London

Sep 23, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Christopher Halka

In this week's post, Christopher opens himself up to a new culinary experience in London and falls in love with Indian food.

When I left for London to study abroad, I had prior knowledge that English people loved Indian Food. My dad would tell me stories about his experience in London during his early twenties and how he practically lived off of it for two years. This was 30 years ago, a time when London may not have really been recognized for its food (according to my dad). Over the past three decades there has been a cultural growth occurring in all parts of the city, in which people from all cultures are utilizing their differences and experiences to open places with varieties of cuisines. Londoners have made such a big turn that people will go as far to even say that London has become the food capital of the modern world.

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Posted in: London, England, Food in London, Food Abroad

From Arrival to a Royal Sighting in London

Sep 14, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Accounting major at Siena College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Christopher reveals his first impressions of London and how he stumbled upon the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a casual stroll.

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I embarked for my semester-long journey on the evening of September 4th. Upon my arrival into Heathrow Airport the next day, I found myself enjoying a cup of tea at Costa Coffee when I was warmly greeted into the United Kingdom by the Heathrow Baggage Claims Staff. They performed a choreographed dance demonstrating proper airport etiquette to ABBA’s Dancing Queen. After enjoying a good laugh from the performance, I instantly started to feel more comfortable amongst my surroundings. I then took the lift down to the Underground platform.

My first experience getting on the tube during the early morning commute felt a lot like I was a sardine stuck inside a tin can. However coming from New York City, I have dealt with this same scenario on many occasions. After getting off at Earl’s Court Station, I was then dealt with the next task of finding my way to my new flat. It was in this moment that I had my first experience of culture shock. 

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Posted in: London, England, First Thoughts, Cultural Insights

My Thoughts Before Leaving for London

Sep 7, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Accounting major at  Siena College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In his first post, Christopher shares about his travels to Greece this summer, along with some advice that he received from his friends and family before he departs for London.

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Hello, I’d like to start by introducing myself before I go on to share my various adventures this semester. My name is Christopher Halka, and I am currently a junior and accounting major at Siena College, located outside of Albany, NY. However, I originally hail from a small suburban community called Garden City, located on Long Island, which is roughly 45 minutes from New York City.

Predeparture

My decision to study abroad is one that has been in the making for years to come. Being the youngest of three children where both of my older siblings had studied away the fall term of their junior year, I saw that it was fit for me to continue the tradition. My parents have always seen to it, that they enable and encourage their children to go out, learn and experience new cultures in a global setting, just as their parents were able to do so for them growing up.

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

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