Maisie Haney

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Top 10 Takeaways From a Fall Semester in London

Dec 28, 2018 9:51:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

Want some advice from someone who's been there and done that in London? In her final post, Maisie counts down her top 10 takeaways from her time abroad. Read on to anticipate and prepare for activities abroad such as visiting art exhibitions, attending music shows, and finding a late night place to study. Are you ready to see what's in store? The countdown starts now.

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

My Time with a Local Film-Lovers Club in London

Dec 25, 2018 9:09:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

In this week's post, Maisie talks about the local film club she joined in London and the memorable movies she has watched. She also tells us more about her friend Steven from Deeper Into Movies, who is passionate about bringing people and their film interests together, as well as various outlets to express your love for movies.

Dear World,

This is my final blog post I will be writing while in the city of London. Crazy stuff. To bid this city farewell, I will tell you about one of my new friends that I will be leaving behind. This friend, Steven, is a fellow movie buff who screens films in various locations simply because he loves film and also money. If you share our interests, I advise you come on down to a Deeper Into Movies event screening, either at the Moth Club, Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, and perhaps other newer locations by the time there are more kiddos at CAPA.

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture

On Being an American in Britain in 2018

Dec 18, 2018 11:43:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

How do you react when people realize you are an American abroad? In this week's post, Maisie touches on the experience of standing out in London and the various interactions she's had with Brits about the US. She also attends a gig featuring Shame, a band from South London, and shares some music!

As an American abroad, I do feel I stick out like a sore thumb. It’s something I’ve mentioned before, but the accent is a signal for strangers to ask “Where are you from?” They expect only two answers really, but I am fairly sure they already know I am American based on whatever behavior they dislike at that moment. This is the conversation I have with strangers who talk to me about where I am from:

Oh, where in the States are you from?
I’m from Orlando, Florida. Have you ever been there on holiday?

Oh wow, you must hate this cold !!!!!!!!!! Trump is so hilarious and not at all concerning! In addition, the Big Apple (haha New York).

As an American, I think many English people are eager to talk to me about my thoughts on Trump’s presidency, and they seem to carry the conversation as if we are talking about Lindsay Lohan.

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture

What Studying in London Has Helped Me Learn About Myself

Dec 11, 2018 10:22:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

On the topic of personal change, realizations, and music, Maisie takes a moment to tell us what she has learned about herself over the course of her semester in London. 

There is no doubt in my mind that I will return home a changed person. This is what is called a "cliché", but it is also what is called the truth. In a mock interview for my internship class, I was asked if other people might notice these changes. I said I didn’t want to think about that.

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Posted in: London, England, Why Study Abroad

How Working on My 'Zine of Gigs in London Helped Me Make Amazing Memories

Dec 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

In today's post, Maisie shares how she makes memories by attending music gigs in London and compiling her film photos in zines. Zines are almost like a diary, where one can put together their favorite memories. Check out what Maisie is doing for hers!

Before I even came to London, I began my engulfing obsession of zines. I bought too many zines, I made long lists of zines I would make if I would ever stop being lazy, and I often straightened the zine section at my internship because I loved them oh so much. There is something so good and honest about a zine—it’s almost like someone’s sketchbook, all of the markings made in an effort to figure out what the artist wants to do. A zine is like a diary. Zines are so nice, you should pick one up sometime.

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture

My Internship with Photobox Group

Dec 4, 2018 5:05:00 PM / by Maisie Haney

In today's post, Maisie talks about diving into research for the big internship project she worked on with the Photobox Group. See what she learned along the way through the ups and downs, as well as what she loved about her overall experience.

I have been saving this—a post about my internship at Photobox Group— after our huge project would have come to a close. You know nothing about this project yet, but what I can sure tell you is that there was no project in the end, and this post will outline a series of work my supervisor and I did that cannot be used any longer. We are pretty bummed, but we also are very optimistic about the next year (no worries, y’all).

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Posted in: London, England, Internships Abroad

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, Local Culture

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, Scholarships & Financing

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: London, England, Local Culture

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: London, England, Local Culture


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