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Post-Semester Thoughts for Those Looking to Study Abroad

Dec 12, 2018 9:11:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

What you get out of your study abroad experience is solely based on your expectations. As Martyn reflects on a semester abroad in Sydney, he encourages students to consider these 2 important points: understanding the pros/cons and doing your research for a great semester abroad.

Studying abroad in Sydney has been an incredibly interesting experience, and one that has gifted me memories I will do well to never forget. I’ve spent the last few months describing my own journey through a semester abroad, and I have really tried my best to get my personal journey across in 500-1000 words. The only thing that I can offer now that I’ve returned home is not personal tales, but advice for the next wave of students considering a study abroad program. As someone who was a little cautious about going abroad, I completely understand the hesitation to make such a commitment. Everyone’s process of deciding to go abroad is different, so I’ve tried to whittle mine down to a few personal thoughts into two broad points.

Here are some thoughts that I’ve grown into throughout this semester.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Why Study Abroad

3 Veteran Tips for Successfully Ending Your Semester Abroad

Dec 5, 2018 9:09:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Every little pound adds up when it's time to pack up your life abroad and head home! Martyn drops 3 pieces of sage advice to get you through the final leg of your semester and journey home.

For one of my last blog posts, I wanted to write about Sydney’s beautiful beaches and conservation efforts. I had most of the blog post written up but something happened when I tried to travel home that convinced me to instead write about planning to pack up and leave the study abroad experience. However, I realize the photos of my luggage and airport terminal hallways can only be so exciting, so I’m going to Frankenstein two blog posts into one. Not only will you get to hear the tips and tricks of packing up at the end of your semester abroad, but you’ll also get to see totally unrelated pictures of Sydney’s beautiful beaches and coastline!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Interview: Life As A CAPA Blogger in Sydney

Nov 28, 2018 9:03:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Get to know what it's like to blog for CAPA while studying abroad! Martyn interviews fellow Sydney blogger Lorenzo, who shares how immersing yourself in a new city and culture, as well as writing and taking photos actually contribute to your content creation skills and professional experience. See what advice these two bloggers have in store for future creators!

For this week’s blog post, I interviewed fellow CAPA blogger Lorenzo Corazzin. He’s the other half of the blogging force for this semester in Sydney. I thought it would be interesting to get our perspectives of the CAPA blogger experience and how that affects a semester abroad. There’s not much to say before the actual interview but I do want to preface that Lorenzo writes some amazing blog posts and you’d be denying yourself if you didn't check them out here.

Without further ado, enjoy our conversation!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

On Study Abroad in Sydney: A Conversation With Program Coordinator Laurence Braude

Nov 21, 2018 4:16:00 PM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn opens up about his study abroad and cultural experience in Sydney in this conversation with Laurence Braude, Program Coordinator at CAPA Sydney. He also reflects on what it's like to adapt to living on the other side of the world, the insights and differences between the East Coast and Sydney, and how Sydney exemplifies friendliness and openness.

For this week’s blog post I had a conversation with Laurence Braude who is a Program Coordinator here at CAPA Sydney. I’ve transcribed most of our conversation (for everyone’s sake, I tried to remove all of the “likes” that I say), and it’s definitely a bit of a read so strap in! We touch on a few topics from adjusting to a new culture to the difference between the U.S and Sydney. I hope you enjoy reading this conversation as much as I did actually having it. Without further delay, let's jump in!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Why Study Abroad

Hindsight 20/20: Study Abroad Preparation Tips from a Current Sydney Student

Nov 14, 2018 2:33:00 PM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Before Martyn finishes off his semester in Sydney, he shares some tips and words of wisdom from the perspective of a current student abroad. Look at some of the best ways to prepare for an upcoming semester overseas and how to get a sense of the culture abroad!

As my time in Sydney comes to a close I figured that it’d be beneficial to look back and see what worked and didn’t work in terms of my pre-departure planning in hindsight. I know that the next generation of study abroad students for Spring 2019 are probably just getting started in terms of planning for their semester abroad, so let’s run down the beneficial pieces of knowledge that I found the most helpful during my semester in Sydney.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

A Guide to Sports in Sydney: From Rugby and Australian Football, to Horse Racing and Beyond

Nov 7, 2018 10:12:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

After experiencing a horse race at Sydney's Royal Randwick Racecourse, Martyn highlights the different sports Sydney residents enjoy watching or partaking in, from the cultural staples of Cricket and Rugby to the more unique likes of Lawn Bowling and Australian football.

For this week’s blog post I wanted to put a spotlight on sports in Sydney—specifically, I wanted to touch on my day experiencing Spring Racing on Cox Plate Day at the Royal Randwick Racecourse. The Spring horse races at Randwick were actually my first taste of sports life in Sydney and in Australia as a whole. This is partly due to the fact that I haven’t joined a recreational sports team abroad because of my distinct lack of coordination and because I have the body composition of a geriatric walrus.

But before we discuss the intricacies of track level, horse size, and grooming techniques I think it would be important to touch on two popular Australian sports that don’t have as much clout as some other sports back home. It’s worth noting that Rugby and Cricket are incredibly popular in Sydney and Australia as a whole. Both sports have National and International leagues and teams. There’s definitely a greater interest and passion for these two sports over others – I would compare it to the level of fervor and love that America has for baseball (which isn’t as popular in Sydney as it is in say Boston or Los Angeles this past weekend).

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Local Culture

An Excursion to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains

Oct 31, 2018 10:19:17 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

In this week's post, Martyn highlights the CAPA trip to the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife park, discussing how important it is to immerse yourself in the natural environment of a place like Australia when you're abroad to fully understand the culture. 

For this week’s blog post I wanted to talk about a CAPA sponsored trip that I went on this weekend to Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains. This was a trip that I was particularly excited for because as I mentioned in my introduction and first blog posts (which I’m sure you all read numerous times by now) hiking remains one of my favorite activities to do in my free time. It’s an incredibly therapeutic and relaxing experience for me and a good walk is more than enough to turn a bad day into a good one for me. Granted hiking with me involves seven near death slips, six actual slips and a ballpark estimate of close to five thousand stops for water but that’s beside the point (and myself).

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Local Culture

Why Experiencing Other Cultures Helps You Better Understand Your Own

Oct 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

In this week's post Martyn reflects on how his interactions with people from across the globe and their perceptions of him as an 'American' has changed his own perception of US culture.

I had the opportunity to experience a community outside of my host city by traveling to Melbourne this week. I decided to stay in a hostel called The Nunnery, located in the heart of Melbourne in a neighborhood called Fitzroy. Built in 1888, The Nunnery is a beautiful Georgian style building that has an amazing interior. What was really special about the Nunnery was the variety of different travelers that I got to talk with. Getting to interact with so many different cultures had me finally taking into consideration my place as an American studying abroad.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Why Study Abroad

Putting the 'Study' in Study Abroad

Oct 17, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

In this week's post, Martyn goes over what his course load at CAPA Sydney is comprised of, discusses how Globally Networked Learning is woven into his class projects, and takes us on a virtual tour of the CAPA Sydney Center.

Mid-terms have come and gone for most of CAPA classes, so I figured that this week’s blog post should cover my academics while studying with CAPA. Along with my internship I am taking three classes this semester abroad. I am taking International Marketing, Advertising and Sales Promotion and Australian Cinema: Representation and Identity. All courses abroad take place in the CAPA Center which is located in an old TAFE NSW building (Technical and Further Education NSW) and is only a quick five-minute walk from Urbanest Housing. Since it’s hard to capture the day-to-day of classes and studying I’ve included some photos of the CAPA center in this blog to help get a sense of the environment where I work and study.

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Posted in: International Education, Sydney, Australia

10 Affordable Snacks to Indulge in While in Sydney

Oct 10, 2018 11:30:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

In this week's post, Martyn gives us the run down on his favorite indulge-worthy snacks he's discovered while living in Sydney for the past month. 

Let’s be honest here...I don’t know how to cook, or rather I just don't cook for whatever reason (reason: I’m lazy). I bought a multi-grain box of spaghetti the second day that I got to Sydney and have yet to open the box. It’s still in my cabinet next to an empty blueberry muffin box...which brings us to this week’s topic. I figured I’d share my top ten lists of cheap snacks that you can get in and around Ultimo but more specifically the one and only Cole’s. Obviously since I’m studying abroad I wanted to find ten items that were both cheap (under or around 5 AUD) and that are easy to eat and take with you to go.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Food Abroad

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