Maisie Haney

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, Study Abroad, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Identity

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