Maisie Haney

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Study Spots, Restaurants, and Everything in Between: 10 Recommendations for Your Semester in the UK

Nov 6, 2018 9:43:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

In this week's post, Maisie shares her recommendations for things to do, shows to see, and places to study, shop, or find tasty new food during a semester studying abroad in London. 

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Posted in: London, England, Activities Abroad, Top 10, Local Culture, Food in London

How Studying Abroad in London Teaches You About Budgeting + an Ode to LEON Restaurants

Oct 30, 2018 8:33:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

In this week's post, Maisie discusses how living in a city like London has taught her about budgeting and prioritizing spending, including saving money by cooking at home, setting budgets for weekly activities, and finding budget-friendly staples such as LEON fast-casual restaurants. 

As I have mentioned, and I am sure anyone you’ve spoken to about London will tell you (even if you had just mentioned how strange the rain situation is like, “You know, the rain in London feels like a broken glass simulation that might be at Universal Studios.”), London is expensive. So expensive, that when my mother calls to tell me how much I’ve spent, I am always shocked. I have never been so conscious of how much money I spend, and yet I am fighting a losing game. My friends literally said out loud that it would be more money-conscious to eat out at “cheap” places for lunch and dinner, to just skip out on grocery shopping and cooking meals pretty much all together. Absolutely not!!!! Do not fall into this trap. I have saved so much money grocery shopping, and when I am desperate to eat out, I always go for LEON. More LEON praise to come (minus their gluten free chicken nuggets, this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing).

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Posted in: London, England, Financing Study Abroad, Money, Budgeting, Food in London

An Interview with Chris Hopkins of Permanent Slump

Oct 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

In this week's post, Maisie interviews Chris Hopkins, founder of independent record label Permanent Slump, about his career, musical tastes, and thoughts on the local London music scene. 

At the Screaming Females show, I had decided to just go for it, as I’m tired of being shy and accomplishing nothing. This motivated energy got me nowhere - I lost my sought-after front-and-center spot at the Screaming Females show, and the lead singer of Rodents brushed passed me in ignorance as I tried to ask if I could play their songs on the radio back home (he was very kind over e-mail and I have since forgiven him). I still wanted to play their tracks, and got in contact with Chris Hopkins via the Permanent Slump bandcamp page - Hopkins, after catapulting back into the music world at 24, created the record label to record some of his own, and other local projects. For the record, this is the first comprehensive article that documents the chronology and quirks of skater boi Chris Hopkins’ musical life. In other words, this is huge whether you choose to believe this or not.

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Posted in: Local Culture, London, England, Music

One Student's Guide to a Weekend in Glasgow

Oct 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

In this week's post, Maisie takes a trip up to Glasgow, Scotland, with a few of her friends. Read more about a trip full of unique museums, a tour of the infamous Glengoyne distillery, and the Necropolis.

My interview with Richard Maguire I think was very telling of how the class usually goes; there is loads of name-dropping, we really love what we are talking about, and sometimes you are surprised by things that are not really surprising. For those of you who may be confused about a few things, I wanted to clear up some terms and ideas:

      • Blink 1 8 2: In England, they say “one eight two,” while I would say “one eighty-two.”
      • Trance music: I would just look this up, really.
      • Grime: According to our reliable Wikipedia, it is an electronic dance music genre that developed from electronic genres UK Garage and Jungle, with influence from dancehall, ragga, and hip hop. 

The weekend before I interviewed the beloved CAPA instructor, I visited Glasgow with two of my friends who also happen to be studying in London. One of them would say, “If you plan it right, you could do Glasgow in a weekend.” Personally, I wish I had spent three weeks there, just so I could go thrifting everyday and accrue potentially the best sweater collection in the entirety of this world.

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Posted in: Weekend Trip, Travel, London, England, Must Do

An Interview with Beloved London Professor, Dr. Richard Maguire

Oct 9, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Maisie Haney

During a field trip to Camden Market, Maisie interviews Dr. Richard Maguire, professor of CAPA London course "Postwar British Subcultures," about music, his thesis, and more! 

I spoke to Professor Richard Maguire about our class, Post-War British Pop Culture turned Post-War British Subcultures, his thesis titled “The Last of the Queer Romantics: Mourning and Melancholia in Gay Men’s Autobiography”, and throwing noodles. Here are some dialogues, that read just so. These are simply snippets of conversation you were not present for, on our class walk to Camden Market. Expect nothing out of this “interview” but maybe a slight chuckle, a warmed heart, and a recommendation.

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Posted in: London Interview, London, England, Classes in London

Ten Types of Fatigue You Can Experience in London

Oct 2, 2018 11:31:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

In this week's post, Maisie talks about the different types of fatigue she has begun to experience as a temporary Londoner.

Disclaimer: Lighthearted and fun! These are all true but I love this city, please love it too!

10.  Afternoon Tea Fatigue

Least of the fatigues is the afternoon tea fatigue. Finding a place that is cheap enough. Sitting down somewhere before you realized it was expensive, asking the waiter if you can just have tea. Actually, I would like to see the pudding menu. I didn’t realize the scones were not on this dessert menu. I am so sorry you cleared all of these plates already. These are the things we say, and we become tired of ourselves.

Scoff and Banter cream tea that they do not really offer.

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

Walking Around the Neighborhood and Allowing Spontaneity to Take the Lead

Sep 25, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Maisie Haney

Maisie Haney

 Maisie Haney is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at Rollins College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maisie talks about her neighborhood and how her spontaneity led her to an art gallery, music store, and other local businesses.


Noticing patterns about one's self can be quite difficult, but I have discerned with ease that when confronted with spontaneity, I am at my happiest. When I decide to stray from my day’s plan to do something else so eye-catching the plan no longer matters; I am over the moon. I live in Shepherd’s Bush, but I feel most at home in the most spontaneous of areas—Brick Lane.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2018_From Maisey Haney - A Poster Shop at Vintage Market on Brick LaneA poster shop at the Vintage Market on Brick Lane.

The Sainsbury’s does have a surprising array of merchandise including but not limited to Garnier micellar water, dried beans to be eaten as a snack, and one pint of non-dairy Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. They also carry essential home items (think garbage bags, not pillows) and toiletries, a convenience I appreciate fully in the moment. There is a diner with milkshakes and burgers should you feel this urge to be transported to your local grease shack, but the culinary opportunities you should be snatching up can be found in and around Shepherd’s Bush Market. I have seen quite a few Turkish, Persian, Lebanese, and North African eateries. At home, I always try to eat local, because chains honestly have enough money. PSA: get yourself over to a local business. The area largely is a Polish cultural center, and I love living in such a demographically diverse area of London I may not have known it existed otherwise.

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Posted in: London, England, Activities Abroad

How to Start a Blog That Will Impress Your Friends, Aunts, and Even Strangers

Sep 22, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Maisie Haney

Maisie Haney

 Maisie Haney is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at Rollins College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maisie shares several tips on how to start a blog and document your experiences through words, photos, and music.


You will notice that I have only posted two blog posts thus far, but you will also notice that my posts are what my gran would call “spectacular.” If you want to know a thing or two about how your blog can be equally spectacular, give this little post a read!

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2018_From Maisey Haney - How to Design and Arrange Your BlogHere's what it looks like to arrange and design your own blog
to chronicle your study abroad experiences.

First of all, you are going to want to choose a topic or theme that you feel comfortable writing about—you want to write A LOT, pupils. For school-sponsored or study abroad blogs with a student or parent audience, such as the one I am writing for you now, many of my blog posts will be about the study abroad experience as it relates directly to my location and my interests. I find it important for the topic to stray from vagueness, as posts with a narrower subject are inherently more eye-catching and, frankly, worthwhile. To illustrate, I would rather read a blog post titled “The 80’s Japanese Synth-pop You Need for a Shimmery Summer” than one called “Summer: An Essential Playlist”. Essential is such an overused adjective in the music journalism industry, and I do not shy away from a summer that shimmers.

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Posted in: London, England, Tips

Transitioning from the English Countryside to the Global City of London

Sep 11, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Maisie Haney

Maisie Haney

 Maisie Haney is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at Rollins College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maisie opens up about her background and family connection in England and how this study abroad experience will mark the first time she will be living on her own.


My mother is a bit of a social butterfly, and genuinely has this affinity towards people and getting to know them. More often than not, she is asked where she is from. Other variations of this question include, “Are you British?” or “Are you from England or Scotland?”. She tells them she is from Newcastle, a part of northern England she has grown up in all her life. When I found myself staying in her childhood bedroom, the walls practically hugging the bed, I was surprised to know I was not in Newcastle, but a village called Middridge in County Durham.

A Photo with Former Newton Aycliff Mayor Lyn Leach, Resident of Middridge and Friend of GrandmaMe with former Newton Aycliff mayor, Lyn Leach
(a resident of Middridge and a friend of gran).

To quickly interject, as I have a lot to say about Middridge and my week’s stay there, my experience has been very different compared to other CAPA students coming into the UK. I had been to Middridge once before, at the age of three when my granddad was very sick. I think it was then that my brother and I became citizens of the UK, and consequently I came to England without a visa and with a fatter wallet (they are quite expensive to apply for!).

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Posted in: London, England, Personal Learning

Leaving Orlando Behind to Secure my Identity

Sep 4, 2018 7:30:00 PM / by Maisie Haney

Maisie Haney

 Maisie Haney is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at Rollins College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maisie shares how identity will play a part in her study abroad experience in London, along with her packing list for the semester.


I've been itching to study abroad and to do so in London with CAPA couldn't make any more sense than it already does. I am a liberal-minded art history student and artist, as well as a music enthusiast. My identity is like this window-maker, and the window-maker only likes the color of roses (for any sort of reference, and you can look this up, I am a Venus in Pisces). Looking through this window, it is so obvious to me that I will head back home at the end of all things with a richer appreciation for the arts, whatever that may consist of, by December 2018.

Identity 1

Attending Rollins College, the local private college in my hometown of Winter Park, I’ve noticed the emphasis placed on studying abroad is ever-present. They urge students to experience the conventions, values, landscapes, etc., of other global cities; the school’s goal, as a liberal arts school, is to ensure our minds have wandered and our horizons have broadened. I think this may also be why we have the idea of identity so fresh on our minds as we prepare for departure. What comprises my identity? It seemed important to ask myself this question, requirements as per Rollins International Programs aside, almost to reassure myself that I would fit in well in London. I chose The Big Smoke (there really is for some reason no pleasant nickname for London, though I do not find this to be discouraging) because it seemed as though every part of my academic and professional life there would coincide with my personal life effortlessly.

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


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