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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

U2: A Spectacular Dublin Event

Aug 24, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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Christian Sinclair developed CAPA’s new Dublin Seminar entitled Sounds of Resistance: Music and Politics in Ireland and will be co-teaching it in summer 2018. Recently he attended U2’s Joshua Tree concert in Dublin and has offered to share his experience on the CAPA World Blog.

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Last night, Saturday, July 22, along with another 80,000 fans, I attended U2’s Joshua Tree concert at Croke Park here in Dublin. The fans, hailing from all around the world, were loud, enthusiastic, supportive, and emotional. Just like they should have been. The energy was incredible and the longer the evening went on, the more frenzied the crowd became. Next to me on one side were two Irish guys in their late 40s who had seen the band at Croke Park in 1987. On the other side was a young Nigerian who had flown in from Lagos to hear them play. They (we!) came from all over. The city was transformed for days before the concert with thousands milling about in U2 t-shirts, street artists painting Bono portraits, ticket hawkers, impromptu stalls selling U2 paraphernalia, and news agents selling special U2-hyped magazine editions.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Music

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.

Learn More about the CAPA Sydney Program

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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

Maita 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, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

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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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.

Learn More about the CAPA London Program

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

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