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Genevieve Rice

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What Makes CAPA's Academics Unique

Oct 17, 2018 11:31:02 AM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's posts, Genevieve talks about her coursework from her CAPA London Trip and highlights the unique "field trip" aspect of many CAPA courses.

When people think about study abroad, their first thought usually isn’t actually about studying. Most people think study abroad and think travel or meeting new people or in my experience, something along the lines of how brave you are for studying abroad is and how they wish they could do the same thing. However, no one immediately says, “Wow, study abroad! What classes are you taking?” In my experience of CAPA, much of study abroad is indeed about being abroad, even the classes!

This semester I am taking Arts Administration, Writing the City, a Global Internship course, and Detective Fiction and the city. These classes are not like my ordinary classes back home. The biggest difference is this: we take field trips. The classes that CAPA offers are focused on helping the students to make the most of the fact that we are abroad. They translate this into showing us the relevance of what we learn in lectures in the real world. I honestly wish that my classes in The States did this more. In only a month, I have learned so much about how my chosen field of study—English Literature, or creative arts if you want to be less specific, can play out in my future.

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Posted in: London, England, International Education

Revelations on the Tube

Oct 8, 2018 9:37:59 AM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's post, Genevieve muses about everything she's learned from commuting on the Tube in London

Some say that the underground—subway, metro, what have you--of a big city is the gut, churning, digesting and absorbing all joy and energy of the traveler in a mere twenty-five to fifty minutes. I can understand this description, especially during rush hour at King’s Cross St Pancras (I always think St Pancreas and wonder how much teasing the fourteen-year-old martyr it was named after endured). The enormous crowds that somehow manage to organize into makeshift queues, even in the chaos, certainly drain the life out of most people who use the tube for their daily commute.  The shadowed tunnels that connect the stations certainly inspire the idea of the bowels of the city, but personally, I do not believe that this analogy adequately describe London’s tube. 

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture

Three Simple Tasks — Personal Goal Setting during an Internship in London

Oct 1, 2018 4:38:25 PM / by Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Genevieve highlights her first two weeks at her internship with the editorial team of a magazine in London, and outlines a few of the goals she set for herself this week.

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This Tuesday marked the completion of two full weeks at my internship. The past week was full of surprises and growth. Like the first week at any new job, the learning curve was immense. I am working with the editorial team of a nursing magazine. My internship description (we had to write a learning agreement, so I actually know this one) is working alongside the editorial team, writing news articles, and assisting on any project that I can. This is an experience that I count as invaluable. I want to pursue journalism after I graduate, so having hands-on experience with a well-known magazine is a huge resume booster and an amazing learning opportunity—thank you CAPA! Despite the fact that my internship is tailored to my future aspirations, I feel an enormous amount of pressure for this to go well. I have always been exceedingly hard on myself and in short, am a perfectionist. Therefore, my internship contains several self-appointed tasks to complete before I can feel like I am comfortable in this new environment.

Genevieve Rice_Internship KitchenDon't let the bright windows and tile work deceive you, the kitchen is complicated.

First task: braving the kitchen.

This might seem simple, but it holds the potential for so much error. At the office where I work there are about six other magazines based in and using the same space… and the same kitchen. Plus, my team always gets everyone coffee or tea whenever they get some for themselves. In this one tiny space, I have the potential to embarrass myself not only in front of my team, but also in front of people that work for other magazines that I might want to work with in the future, you never know. I managed to avoid the space all last week, but on Tuesday I was working all day, so it was now or never. It took me a few minutes to build up the courage to go and get everyone coffee or tea. And… I did it! Complete success! This might sound extremely silly, but in a new environment and in a new culture—where tea is very important I might add—I have the amazing ability to work myself up over the smallest things, that looking back, are actually quite humorous. Fears are made to be conquered, no matter how small they may seem.

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Posted in: London, England, Internships Abroad

A Full-Day Excursion to Bath and Stonehenge

Oct 1, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Genevieve goes on a full-day excursion to Bath and Stonehenge with CAPA London and also sees her Jane Austen dreams come to life.

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I have learned some very valuable lessons while being in London, even though I have only been here for around two weeks. One of my favorite of these lessons is how to make the most of the weekend. In this huge city, it is important to take time to rest and prepare for the week ahead in whatever way suits your personality. It is also important to take time to do something that you truly enjoy. Thankfully, in the first few weeks in London, CAPA does an amazing job of giving us opportunities to have fun and explore the country that we chose to make home for three months. This past Saturday, CAPA did this through our first day trip. We have two of these throughout the semester and they are a part of a tour that is included in the CAPA London Program. It is the first time that I left the city since arriving in London, and it was well worth giving up the whole day.

People in Regency Outfits at the Jane Austen Festival in BathIt took some courage, but I asked these kind men
to take a picture with me to complete my Austen morning.

We went to Bath and Stonehenge, which are both amazing places. However, Saturday happened to be a very special day to visit Bath. This weekend was the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, and since Austen is my favorite author, I was absolutely thrilled. As soon as we stepped off the bus, we could see people walking around in Regency dress and the militia’s parade was going by. It was a dream come true for an Austen fan.

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture

All the Places I Explored During My First Week in London

Sep 24, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Genevieve explores London spontaneously and shares her first impressions of the city.

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In the past few days, I have discovered that the best way to get to know a city is simply to get lost in it. Take the back alleys and go down the strange side streets, and then make yourself find your way home through common sense—or with your phone. Over the past week and a half, I have tried many different ways of touring London, but I enjoy getting off the tube and picking a direction, then following my gut reactions to the streets that I am traversing. This method always leads me to find the most fantastic things, from a new favorite coffee shop to a fascinating museum. This is how I spent my weekend as I attempted to orient myself in this sprawling city. We only started classes last Monday, so many of the CAPA students utilized the first four days in London to introduce ourselves to the city. Each day revealed something new about this city that I am calling home for the next three months.

Covent Garden

On Friday, I started by exploring a little around the CAPA London center on Cromwell Road. The building is surrounded by museums, cafes, and shops. My first objective was to check out some of the museums.

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture

Time to Change: Processing and Anticipating My Growth This Semester

Sep 17, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Genevieve reveals her thoughts and expectations surrounding her fall semester abroad in London, along with the growth she anticipates for herself.

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I always loved plane rides. Growing up, I was always so excited for every trip because of the unique feeling of whizzing through the air at immense speeds. However, as I have grown older, I have learned to like them for a different reason. Airplane rides are a guaranteed time to simply sit in one’s own thoughts and process what is coming and what has been left behind. After a while, I always get bored of the movies or my book, or even of listening to music, so I just sit and think. I ended one of these amazing processing times on my flights to London a few days ago. I thought about what I had left behind this semester, all of the things that I will be missing at my university.

In the Plane

I thought about my family and how they will have changed by the time I come back. I thought about my friends that the fun memories that they will make. I know from experience that life will continue on back home even when I am not there, so when I return, things will be different and so will I. I also thought about how that is not necessarily a bad thing. I know that it is a little early in the semester to be thinking about going back home, but I like to think ahead. This means that I also like to think about the amazing things that I am going to see this semester, too.

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture

Choosing to Study Abroad and All the Stops in Between

Sep 10, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Genevieve Rice

In her first post, Genevieve talks about her decision to study abroad in London, her international background and experience, and her expectations for this semester.

I am what some people may call a travel addict. Growing up, the inside of my suitcase was just as familiar to me as the inside of my closet. This is because I didn’t grow up in a normal home. I grew up in Budapest, Hungary, an ocean away from the USA, where my parents are from. My childhood consisted of traveling to countries all over the world with my parents, so the thought of staying in one place for the entire four years of college terrified me. Living in a small town like Anderson, South Carolina, while enjoyable, is outside of my comfort zone. So, when sophomore year started and I felt that familiar itch right between my shoulder blades, the one that tells me that I either need to see some place new or do something drastic, like chop off my hair and dye it pink (it’s happened before and I really would rather not go back there again, it was not a good look for me), I began checking out my options.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2018_From Genevieve Rice - Owl luggage tag

I had considered study abroad before, but it had never seemed like a viable option with the huge price tag and the countless hours of work that goes into it. Then I talked to a friend who had just gotten back from a semester in Uganda. I could see that it had changed her. She didn’t deny that it was a hard road to getting on a plane for a semester abroad, but she also assured me that it was worth it. That night, I emailed our study abroad advisor to set up an appointment for the next week.

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