Julie Ritz

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Packing for Study Abroad in Sydney

Aug 23, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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Nicole is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing & International Business major at Villanova University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In her first post, Nicole talks about the best ways to prepare to pack for study abroad.

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Thanks Nicole!

Nicole's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

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

Study Abroad Won't Be Easy, but It Will Be Worth It

Aug 23, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

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

In her last post, Maita talks about what she gained from study abroad, and the new perpective she has on life before returning home.

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In an exit internship interview, I was asked the question of whether or not my expectations I had prior to departing for London were met.  In more than just my internship, the expectations I had for study abroad exceeded more than I could have ever imagined.  I am leaving London truly feeling as though I’ve done it all, alongside the greatest people and with a piece of my heart now left in the best place.

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Posted in: London, England, Life After Study Abroad

Introducing CAPA's Official Bloggers & Vloggers for Fall 2017

Aug 21, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

We’re very excited to introduce and welcome our team of official bloggers and vloggers for fall 2017!

Each of them will receive a grant accompanied by an explorer fund while they are abroad to help them generate their weekly stories here on CAPA World. From pre-departure thoughts through their reflection upon their return to the States, we will watch the stories of these students unfold as they learn about their host country, explore and discover the real city beyond stereotypes and expectations, interact with locals, focus on their academics and complete internships.

So who are they and where are they going?

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Elizabeth-Leahy-Profile-Photo.pngELIZABETH LEAHY, BLOGGER, DUBLIN
A Communication major from Lasell College, Elizabeth will be spending her fall semester in Dublin. She's excited to explore her new home and travel to new places. She will be interning at Alice PR and Events, where she hopes to expand her knowledge in the field of Public Relations. Look forward lots of amazing photos of Irish culture, food, and more!
Look for Elizabeth's posts on CAPA World every Tuesday starting September 12 and read more about her on her official CAPA blogger profile where the archives will be compiled. 

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers

On Taking a Chance by Leaving the US for the First Time

Aug 21, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Matthew Leonard

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Meet Matthew Leonard, a Marketing and Supply Chain Management major and Economics minor from the University of Pittsburgh who studied abroad in Sydney during spring 2017. Below, he talks about leaving the United States for the first time, how his internship has made him more confident in his career choice, and shares his top 3 tips for future CAPA Sydney students.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
MATTHEW LEONARD: I'm a Marketing and Supply Chain Management Major with an Economics Minor from the University of Pittsburgh. In the Spring of 2017, I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia. In my free time I enjoy listening to and playing music. I have been playing the saxophone for 10 years and the piano for 3, playing gigs in and around the Greater Philadelphia Area. I also enjoy bowling, weightlifting, and reading.

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Posted in: Interviews, Sydney, Australia, Sydney Interviews

Top 10 Free Things to Do in London

Aug 18, 2017 12:30:00 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 the best 10 free things to do in London (great on a budget!).

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Thanks Corissa!

Corissa's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Activities Abroad, Top 10

Go East Young Person

Aug 17, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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American students will recall the advice of their forefathers in the famous saying "Go West Young Man", a phrase credited to the American author and newspaper editor Horace Greeley concerning America's expansion westward. It related to the then-popular concept of "Manifest Destiny" - a widely held belief (subsequently contested) in the United States that its settlers were destined to expand across North America to the West Coast.

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Photo: the sun sets briefly over Shanghai by Colin Speakman

In popular use it also represented the idea of new opportunities and Greeley saw the fertile farmland of the west as an ideal place for people willing to work hard for the opportunity to succeed.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China

The Moment I Knew I Became a Londoner

Aug 16, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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

In this week's post, Maita talks about the moment she truly felt immersed in the culture of London.

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A couple of weeks ago, I went on a quick weekend getaway trip to Paris with my London roommate!  Paris is an incredible city full of both beauty and history, which famous authors such as Hemingway, Dickens and James have previously described better than I am able to.

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“There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.” (Ernest Hemingway)

“It is the most extraordinary place in the world!” (Charles Dickens)

“Paris is the greatest temple ever built to material joys and the lust of the eyes.” (Henry James)

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Posted in: Travel, London, England

The Things I'll Take With Me from My Second Home

Aug 14, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_CatGloria_Dublin_Headshot.pngCat Gloria is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In her last post, Cat tells us the top 10 things she learned from her expeirence in Dublin.

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Let's be real. I've gotten countless life lessons, experiences and rewards from studying abroad in Dublin this summer. Here are the most important takeaways I've identified. Study abroad and you're sure to gain the same.

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1. Cultural Intelligence

Before this trip I had so many misconceptions about Ireland and its culture. After living in the heart of Dublin for several months I can now understand and identify with the jokes, the hardships, everything.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Life After Study Abroad, Reflection

Stepping Out of the US for the First Time On My Journey to Dublin

Aug 14, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Anna Budny

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Photo: Cliffs of Moher, Country Clare, Ireland

Meet Anna Budny, a Psychology major at Ursinus College who studied abroad in Dublin in the spring 2017. Below, she talks about why she chose to study in Dublin, what it's like to leave the United States for the first time, and how she made life-long international friends.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
ANNA BUDNY: I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland at Griffith College. I attend Ursinus College back in the States and I am a psychology major. At Ursinus, I play on the women’s soccer team. Some of my hobbies include drawing, painting, and hiking.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Interviews, Dublin Interviews

London Internship at the Center for Brain and Cognitive Development

Aug 11, 2017 12:30:00 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 talks about the things she does at her internship, and her interest in psychology.

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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, Internships in London

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