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Advice: Studying Abroad is the Best Decision I've Ever Made

Sep 27, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Kelly Allen

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London.

In today's post, Kelly reflects on her time studying and interning abroad in London and shares encouragement and advice on how to make this your best decision yet.

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If you’re having doubts about studying abroad or it has barely crossed your mind, look no further for advice than what I’m about to tell you.

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Deciding to study abroad was quite possibly the best decision I’ve ever made. When I got into the CAPA London program to study and intern abroad, my dad asked me if I really wanted to do this. I was offended at the question and honestly teared up for a second at the thought of not going. That question did make me have second thoughts for a moment, though. I suppose that if I didn’t go, I wouldn’t know what I missed. But now that I’ve spent the best months of my life studying and interning in London (yes, I know—it’s a very cliche thing to say), I wouldn’t take it back for the world.

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Posted in: London, England, CAPA Alumni, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Study Abroad, Personal Learning, Tips

Attending and Networking at Cosmopolitan's Self-Made Summit in London

Sep 12, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Kelly Allen

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London.

In this week's post, Kelly talks more about the time she attended and networked at Cosmopolitan's Self-Made Summit in London and the takeaways she noted from the sessions.

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A chance to meet the Cosmopolitan UK team and chat with 400 like-minded people sounded like an event tailor-made to expanding my knowledge, accumulating advice from others, and furthering my career—all while having a good time.

Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit Program

While studying abroad in London, I had the opportunity to attend Cosmopolitan UK’s second Self-Made Summit. I discovered this event while reading the print version of the magazine and immediately knew it was something I had to get involved in. I’m so grateful that I was in London and had the chance to partake in the event.

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Posted in: London, England, Careers, Activities Abroad, Personal Learning

Showing Friends from Back Home My New City

Sep 5, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Kelly Allen

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London.

In this week's post, Kelly brings her best friend from the US around her neighborhood in Camden and takes in some of the deliciousness that Camden Market has to offer.

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While studying abroad, I have had the pleasure of enjoying a visit from one of my best friends, who also happens to be my number one travel buddy. She had been to London before coming to visit me but hadn’t been to the area I was living in. Camden is arguably one of the best places in London, so she was in for a treat. I am a tad biased considering I’ve lived here for almost four months, but there’s nothing to not love in Camden.

Me and My Best Friend Who Visited LondonMe and my best friend who came to visit me in London.

When my friend arrived, the first thing I did was take her to the Camden Market. With endless food options including Crosstown Doughnuts, Buzzfeed’s named #1 UK dessert to try before you die, and countless shops that you never know what you’ll find in, she was sure to have an incredible experience. We had stellar grilled cheeses for lunch. Then we wandered in and out of the shops. She bought a couple of rings, and I had to restrain myself because I’ve bought too many things from there already.

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Posted in: London, England, Environment, Food in London

Keeping in Touch with Those Across the Pond

Aug 29, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Kelly Allen

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London.

In this week's post, Kelly shares what it's like to keep in touch with friends and family in the US and the apps she uses to bridge the gap.

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No matter where you go—whether it’s a state away or a completely different time zone away—there’s a good chance you’ll want to keep in touch with someone you left behind. You could be going on vacation, leaving for college, moving for a job, or chasing an adventure. When you’re studying abroad for four months in a completely different time zone, it can be a little trickier to keep in touch with those you care about from back home. It’s definitely doable, though.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - The Iconic Red Telephone Booth

I’m not much of a homebody, so going places for extended periods of time doesn’t tend to prompt homesickness. That being said, I haven't kept in touch with my family that much, maybe once a month or so. But I do keep in contact with two of my best friends every day. I often speak to my family over the phone using it as usual or using WhatsApp’s calling feature. WhatsApp is a messaging app owned by Facebook that you can download to keep in contact with people. A lot of people use it for talking to others overseas.

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Posted in: London, England, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Tips

What It's Like to Be a Journalism Student and Magazine Lover Across the Pond

Aug 24, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Kelly Allen

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London.

In this week's post, Kelly expresses her love for magazines and recaps what London has in store for budding journalists making their way across the pond.

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As a journalist, or a writer in general, there are a few must-see and do experiences in London. Whether you’re interested in newspapers, magazines, or simply publishing, there are a few things worth checking out.

Stylist MagazineA copy of Stylist Magazine.

If you’re really into magazines as I am, it’s imperative you buy up the UK versions of the US magazines you love the most or vice versa. I snatched up British Cosmopolitan not too long after landing in the country. I also checked out Elle, Marie Claire, and Vogue. It’s quite intriguing to compare the UK and US versions of the same magazine. Cosmopolitan is one of my absolute favorite magazines, so I knew the US version well enough to notice how different it is from the UK one. Although they are two branches of the same brand, they each put a heavier focus on different verticals of the magazine. Checking out UK magazines that you can only find in the UK, like Hello! Fashion Magazine, is something worthwhile, too.

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Posted in: London, England, Goals Abroad, Personal Learning

5 Ways to Live in London on a Student Budget

Aug 22, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Kelly Allen

In this week's post, Kelly lists 5 ways students can live and thrive for a semester in London on a budget.

London exists as an incredible place filled with endless coffee shops, countless museums, peaceful parks, insanely gorgeous architecture, a million and one pubs, and pretty much everything you could ever really need in life. But everything has its downsides. London’s is that it’s expensive. It’s the New York City of Europe. The pound puts the U.S. dollar to shame. But fret not—it is possible to make the most of the city while living there for four months on a student budget or simply on a tight budget for that matter. Take a look at these 5 tips and London experiences to have for relatively cheap or free.

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Posted in: London, England, Scholarships & Financing

God’s Own Junkyard: One of London’s Hidden Gems

May 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Kelly Allen

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Kelly discovers God's Own Junkyard and takes a look inside this neon sign heaven.

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About a 15-minute walk off of the Victoria line’s Walthamstow Central Tube Station, a wonderland filled with neon sign exists. Unless you're looking for it, you won’t find it. A sign leading to it fittingly reads: “Heavenly junk in a hell of a location.” And it’s true. It’s an incredible treasure of a spot in a completely random location.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - Outside God's Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard is like a gallery. It’s where old neon signs are given new life. The man behind the magic is Chris Bracey, the “Neon Man.” For 37 years, he’s been creating neon art pieces for photographers and artists including David LaChappelle and Martin Creed. He has made, installed and collected signs that have appeared behind the likes of Tom Cruise in “Eyes Wide Shut” and Johnny Depp in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” When a film is finished and neon signs are discarded like yesterday’s leftovers, the Neon Man collects them and never lets them die.

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Posted in: London, England, Art Abroad, Activities Abroad

My Experience at the London Fashion Week Festival 2018

Apr 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Kelly Allen

Kelly is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Kelly recaps her experience at the London Fashion Week Festival in February, her fashion and accessories haul, and what the entire event entailed.

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As I was greeted with a free copy of the big fashion issue of Elle magazine at the entrance of London Fashion Week Festival, I knew I had just experienced what I imagine my own personal entrance to heaven would involve. When asked if I wanted a magazine by a girl wearing an Elle T-shirt, I did a mini jump of joy and yelped "OMG, yes." These are the thrills of magazine journalism lovers.

A snap to remember from the London Fashion Week Festival.

Starting the shopping experience off right, I made my way in. My wallet had no idea what it was in for. My friend and I did a walk around before purchasing anything so as to not end up spending all of our money right away. With 150 British and international brands to explore, we had a lot to chose from and a lot to narrow down.

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Posted in: London, England, Why Study Abroad

7 Must-Try Coffee Shops in London

Apr 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Kelly Allen

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Kelly lists 7 coffee shops known for their beverages and instagrammable moments for you to visit and experience in London.

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The land of 10,000 coffee shops tends to be a title I took upon myself to give to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. But I have to say: London has it beat. By far. Endless coffee shops exist here. From Soho and Shoreditch to Covent Garden and Notting Hill, I’m convinced every neighborhood has at least one trendy coffee shop in it. I’d be incredibly surprised to find out that’s not the case. I’ve tried a bunch of them already and have found some must-tries if you’re a coffee fanatic in London. Take a look.

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1. Saint Aymes

Unicorn lattes with edible glitter, walls blanketed in flowers and Vogue posters, and chocolate bars covered in gold flakes make up this enchanting cafe. There’s nothing like indulging in a fancy latte in a place that screams an Instagram-worthy aesthetic.

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Posted in: London, England, Food Abroad

Shoreditch: Discovering Street Art and Beyond

Apr 11, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Kelly Allen

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Kelly ventures out to Shoreditch to see how art plays a big part in the area's appeal and vibrant culture.

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All throughout London, art graces the walls of buildings, fences, and even exists beneath people’s feet as they make their way through the city each day. In East London’s trendsetting Shoreditch neighborhood, there’s no shortage of it. From Banksy’s work to the work of a man who creates tiny masterpieces on people’s hardened gum, art truly remains all over.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2018_From Kelly Allen - Street Art in Shoreditch_4Street art in Shoreditch.

For my Post War British Pop Culture class, we ventured out to Shoreditch to take in all of the art it has to offer. In class, we learned about the area’s street art. We also learned about how the area is transforming with gentrification. As more hipsters move into the area and bring instagrammable coffee shops with them, the area has become more desirable. Rent hikes have forced immigrants who have lived there for years to leave.

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Posted in: London, England, Art Abroad, Street Art

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