In this week's post, Lorenzo describes his experience working with his student peers in London on class projects through Globally Networked Learning at CAPA Sydney. Globally Networked Learning allows students and faculty to go beyond timezones and distances to collaborate during classes for lessons and projects. See what Lorenzo learned from this international experience!
The classes I am taking with CAPA this semester are International Marketing, Advertising & Promotions, and International Organizational Behavior (focusing on Asia-Pacific). Since this is a study abroad program, it makes sense that many classes are globally-oriented, but there is even more to it with CAPA. In fact, CAPA organizes projects for each “International” class where you collaborate with study abroad students taking the same course in another location; for us, that location is London. In today’s modern economy where more teams and workers are doing their job remotely, this is a chance to see how well you could deal with the assignment.
Participating in Globally Networked Learning through CAPA is a way
to collaborate with your student peers in another country.
For each class, it is likely that you will be paired up with someone from Sydney and other students from London at the same time. That makes it a lot easier because there’s always someone you'll be able to see regularly, do project tasks with, and talk to them face-to-face, which makes a big difference. It’s important during your collaboration to be proactive and reach out to the individuals in the other location. Getting started early will help you avoid last-minute all-nighters while trying to communicate with someone on the other side of the planet, who may be sleeping when you need them.
Students work across global cities on class projects together.
The projects themselves are not particularly difficult; there are no crazy long requirements, given that you split the work with the other group members. The work is relevant to the subject and the whole experience. For example in International Marketing, we have to choose an Australian product and export it to the UK in coordination with the team there. So, there is exchange of information, a collective marketing strategy with feedback going back and forth. This adds some practicality to the class, which is otherwise composed by lectures.
Studying abroad is an opportunity to grow and challenge yourself.
With some time spent in Australia, I now have a better perception of my choices regarding my study abroad location and program. While I am sure that CAPA does an excellent job with the quality of its academics and internship placements in London (as I've heard from a friend who got placed pretty well), I would not like to live in the UK. The weather and the nature make a difference for me, and I am so glad Sydney is so abundant in both of these “metrics”. Being in the Southern Hemisphere we are now going from Spring to Summer, and the days are just getting better and better. There is also an embarrassing amount of choices with what to do during the down time, ranging from marvelous beaches to gorgeous national parks, as well as events out in the city. Whenever we have a video call with the students in London, it seems gloomy and cold, probably because of the grey skies and constant raining. This is an important aspect of living in a place for me and it is no coincidence that I go to Arizona State University (sunny year-round) and my favorite vacation spots are all in the tropics. I know lots of people who love London and what it has to offer but in your choice for a study abroad location remember that you’ll have to be there for 3 months, and it’s better if you like everything, including the weather.
Getting a true international experience in Sydney!
In the end, I feel that I can speak positively about the CAPA program as a true international experience, both in terms of exploring around and academics. Even though it’s been only two months here so far, I’ve seen real changes in how some of the people studying with me are opening their minds and increasing their global awareness. Studying abroad is an opportunity to grow and challenge yourself, especially for people who haven’t had the chance to be far from home on their own.
Lorenzo Corazzin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Global Studies major at the Arizona State University, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.
Lorenzo's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.