Julie Ritz

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Why The Beauty of Studying Abroad is the Unknown

Oct 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumni Interview: Colby Cannon

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Meet Colby Cannon, a Marketing major at the University of Colorado- Boulder, who studied abroad in Florence in the spring of 2017. Below, he talks about why he chose Florence as his study abroad destination, how his CAPA community abroad felt like home, and how to balance wanderlust with academics.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
COLBY CANNON: Hello! My name is Colby Cannon and I studied abroad spring semester of my junior year in Florence, Italy. I am originally from the Bay Area, California but I go to school at CU Boulder in Colorado. I am currently studying Marketing in the Business School and I’m going into my senior year this upcoming fall. Some of my hobbies include water polo, basketball (go Warriors), hanging out and playing beer die with friends, music, and movies.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews

The Difference Between the Plane Ride There and the Plane Ride Home

Oct 2, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Taisia Smith

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Meet Taisia Smith, an alumna from George mason University who majored in Legal and International Studies with a concentration in African American Studies, who studied abroad in Florence in spring 2017. Below, she talks about why it was hard for her to leave her family to study abroad, how incredible the food in Florence is, and how her experience changed her and her long-term goals.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
TAISIA SMITH: Hello! My name is Taisia Smith. I am a 22 years old and I attended George Mason University. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the spring semester of 2017 which so happened to be my last semester in undergrad! Yes, that’s right, I am now Mason Alum! I graduated with a BA in Legal Studies and International Studies with a concentration in African American Studies. I have many different interests and hobbies but I spend most of my free time writing, reading or netflixing. I love being outside so I find myself finding a nice spot and relaxing because life is stressful and breaks are most certainly needed.

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Posted in: Interviews, Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews

On Being a Nontraditional Study Abroad Student

Sep 25, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Joyce Leung

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Meet Joyce Leung, a Dietics major and Public Health minor from D'Youville College who studied abroad in London in spring 2016. Below, she talks about what it was like to study abroad being older than her peers, how growing up in Hong Kong and Canada affected her study abroad expereince, and why an internship was her primary goal for her study abroad experience.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
JOYCE LEUNG: I am a Dietetics major/Public Health minor student from D'Youville College and studied abroad in London, England. I am originally from Hong Kong but completed most of my education in Canada. I studied both community college and university in Canada. I worked in healthcare throughout and after my education. I moved from Toronto, Ontario to Buffalo, New York for a combined Bachelors/Masters of Science program, which allowed me to study abroad with CAPA for an internship.

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Posted in: London, England, London Interview

The Circus

Sep 22, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

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"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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“Men, women, and children who cannot live on gravity alone need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is, in my opinion, in a business established by the Creator of our nature. If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses without corrupting, he need never feel that he has lived in vain.” - P.T. Barnum

The final performance of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, took place in a New York suburb on May 21st, 2017. Though the circus began in Europe and will continue in one form or another there and elsewhere, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, represented the peak of the arts; it was simply “the greatest show on earth.”

At the last performance, the ringmaster, Johnathan Lee Iverson, urged the audience, (“ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages”) “to keep the circus alive inside you.”

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Photo: public domain

I only discovered this event by accident in a very small item in the inside page of a London daily newspaper.

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Posted in: Study Abroad

Interning, Volunteering, and Learning Abroad: You Can Do It All

Sep 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Rebecca Knight

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Meet Rebecca Knight, a Speech Pathology and Spanish major at the University of Pittsburgh who studied abroad in Buenos Aires during spring 2017. Below, she talks about what it's like to live in a homestay, what it's like to volunteer in another country, and shares her top 3 tips for anyone heading to Buenos Aires.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
RK: My name is Rebecca! I’m a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Speech Pathology and Spanish. This Spring I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in order to further my Spanish speaking skills. I’m very involved in the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at my university, spend time volunteering, and love to read, travel, and spend time with my friends!

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Buenos Aires Interviews

Capturing Study Abroad: Memories and More

Sep 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Maddy Choate

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Meet Maddy Choate, a sociology major at the University of Colorado who studied abroad in Florence in the spring of 2017. Below, she talks about being close to her family and ways to keep in touch, how to tackle the packing process for moving abroad, and why she would recommend study abroad to any potential student.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
MADDY CHOATE: My name is Maddy Choate and I am a senior majoring in Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. In the Spring of 2017, I studied abroad with CAPA in Florence, Italy! I was born and raised in San Jose, California and can usually be found hanging out with friends, binge watching Netflix, or behind a camera lens. I am very passionate about traveling and people in general!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews

On the Importance of Education and Giving Back

Sep 4, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumni Interview: Eduardo Pablo Ramos

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Meet Eduardo Pablo Ramos, a strategic communication and political science major at Washington State University who studied abroad in Florence in the spring of 2017. Below, he talks about choosing to study in Florence for a love of history, why he chose to volunteer abroad, and how befriending locals changed his time in Italy.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
EDUARDO PABLO RAMOS: Hello! My name is Eduardo Pablo Ramos. I am an incoming junior pursuing a double degree in strategic communication and political science at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. I was born and raised in a small North Central Washington town called Wenatchee (pronounced: weh-nah-chee). My parents and family members are all agricultural workers. Growing up, it would have been inconceivable to think that I would spend three months in Florence. My family’s resources have always been scarce, but our determination grand.

I have long been involved in politics and empowering my community. Early on, I committed myself to breaking cycles of poverty and providing equitable opportunity to all of our residents. Throughout my life, I have been blessed with people who have believed in my capabilities.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Florence Interviews

Why You Should Intern Abroad if You Have the Opportunity

Aug 28, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Bailey Bradford

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Meet Bailey Bradford, a Business Administration major and Psychology and Philosophy minor who studied abroad in Sydney during spring 2017. Below, she talks about why she chose to intern abroad, explains the cultural differences between Australia and the US, and shares with us some of her favorite memories from her program.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
BAILEY BRADFORD:
 My name is Bailey Bradford and I'm going to be a rising senior at Augustana College. At Augie, I’m majoring in Business Administration and double minoring in Psychology and Philosophy.  On campus I’m the goalkeeper of the varsity women's soccer team and an active member of Greek Life. This past winter I had the amazing opportunity to intern abroad in Sydney, Australia, where I was able to confirm my aspirations to work in human resources. 

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Posted in: Interviews, Sydney, Australia, Sydney Interviews

Pre-Departure: Rolling Out My Suitcase

Aug 25, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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Hanna is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing, Finance, and International Business major at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In her first post, Hanna talks about how, despite being well-traveled, she always has to prepare for a new adventure.

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Hi there! My name is Hanna and I am your Sydney eyes and ears for this Fall.

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To begin with, being a well-traveled person doesn't mean you can jump on a plane to another country and recklessly lay down…at least not for me. I've been travelling with my family since childhood. The last time I counted I have already visited 27 countries; and some of them even more than once. It still feels that there are just so many things to consider and plan before each trip. What I have learned is that it is worth to be worried and well-prepared, but never stop or give up. All of the issues I have faced while traveling, could have been solved with the help of communication and curiosity. I've learned that other traveling people have most likely been in similar shoes and will be willing to help you figure the way out.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Homecoming after Study Abroad in London

Aug 25, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_CorissaWurth_London_Headshot.pngCorissa is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Psychology major at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Corissa tells us what it feels like to come home after a 6 week study abroad session.

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Thanks Corissa!

Corissa's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA London Program

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Posted in: London, England, Life After Study Abroad

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