It's been 5 years since the CAPA World blog came to life! Throughout the years we've shared and featured the first-hand experiences of students studying abroad in various global cities, along with posts highlighting alumni journeys and certain global topics that are important to us.
We would like to thank everyone who has been reading our posts day after day and week after week. We're especially grateful to those who have contributed to our blog through a post, interview, video, or even with a photo. As we carry on and build this collection of viewpoints and experiences, we aim to continue including a variety of voices shedding light in to the world of study abroad, internships, academics, volunteerism, and travel.
As we celebrate five years of storytelling, through more than 2,200 posts, let's look at 10 of our favorite posts from the year:
1. STUDY ABROAD: PLANNING FOR THE UNEXPECTED
All the preparation that comes before studying abroad is extremely important for a smooth experience. CAPA official blogger Colin Gilbert wrote down several things he anticipated would be vital to tackle before getting on the flight to Sydney. See what he had to say about planning for things in advance to cope with the unexpected.
2. HOW I PACKED EFFICIENTLY FOR MY SEMESTER ABROAD
Sometimes the skill of packing efficiently for your weeks and months away from home can seem a little elusive. Nonetheless, it is a skill to master if you want to make the most of your travels abroad! In this post, CAPA official vlogger Celess Valle showed us how she fit everything in her bags for a semester away in Florence.
2. TOP CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS SERIES
There was a strong interest in finding out what type of cultural and social events are celebrated in each global city. We created these lists worth looking into so that students and travelers can learn more about each country and how they can be a part of the celebrations on their travels. From Chinese New Year to Bonfire Night, there's a handful (and more) events for you to check out.
3. 10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CAPA GLOBAL CITIES SERIES
Looking to test your knowledge about each of our global cities? Then these lists should come in handy! Quiz yourself and your friends before and after you visit one—or all—of our study abroad cities.
4. CHANGING MY VIEW: AN INTERNSHIP THAT PROVIDES A SECOND CHANCE
Have you flown to your study abroad location with an open mind and a heart full of hope? These attitudes helped Moriah Adams when she studied abroad in Dublin this past spring. Even though she faced an unexpected change in her initial internship placement, she was able to be a part of a bigger cause with The Bridge Project. The Bridge Project is a community-based project aimed at helping offenders reintegrate into society and lower their risk of reoffending. "The fact that I have been given the opportunity to participate and contribute to this kind of work has made me all the more excited about my field and future within it," Moriah shares.
5. 10 PHRASES TO LEARN BEFORE YOU TRAVEL SERIES
Each country has their own idioms and phrases that are popular locally, but may not be quite known to people outside the country. Sometimes it may be a little tricky to decipher what a phrase means! No matter where you go, you'll be sure to encounter colloquial terms and phrases. We published a series to help you get familiar so that you can speak like a local.
6. LIFE BACK IN THE U.S. AFTER LIFE ABROAD IN DUBLIN
CAPA official vlogger Michela Mickaluk gets candid about the changes she went through when she came back home to the U.S. after studying abroad. She reflected on things she could have done differently and how her experiences shaped her. Her top takeaway? "Perspective."
7. 32 INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE WHO STUDIED ABROAD
We combed through the internet (thank you, Google) to find 32 influential people who also studied abroad. From CEOs to actors, individuals from all sorts of majors, we've listed those who found their calling while they were away from home. Want to see the ranks you're joining as a study abroad alumna?
8. THE LENGTH OF STUDY ABROAD: DOES IT MATTER?
In CAPA International Education's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf's July column this year, he explored several sides pertaining to the length of a study abroad program. From looking at short-term programs to ones that last an academic year, he evaluated both program duration and depth of classes to highlight the importance of globalization in our abilities to adapt and learn. Keep up with Mike's monthly column Thoughts on Education Abroad for more posts surrounding international education.
Read on about this topic: https://capaworld.capa.org/the-length-of-study-abroad-does-it-matter
9. ON THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND GIVING BACK
In an alumni interview with us, Eduardo Pablo Ramos talked about his longing to be involved in empowering local communities. As an aspiring political scientist, he was determined to observe, participate, and learn about the people, language, and culture around him. Eduardo also volunteered abroad by meeting immigrant families and teaching basic English.
10. GLOBALIZATION IN 2017
Our CAPA Shanghai Resident Director Colin Speakman writes a monthly column on Connecting Global Cities. In his first post for 2017, he compared how globalization faced a backlash in 2016 with countries choosing to put their own national interests ahead of broader global factors. Colin used this post to see how globalization reaches and touches cities in ways that are overlooked.
Find out more: https://capaworld.capa.org/globalization-in-2017