We’re very excited to introduce and welcome our team of official bloggers and vloggers for Spring 2020!
Each of them will receive a grant accompanied by an explorer fund while they are abroad to help them generate their stories here on CAPA World. From pre-departure thoughts through their reflection upon their return to The States, we will watch the stories of these students unfold as they learn about their host country, explore and discover the real city beyond stereotypes and expectations, interact with locals, focus on their academics and complete internships.
So who are they and where are they going?
NINA VRTJAK, BLOGGER
Nina is studying both Accounting and Human Resources at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. This semester she will be taking her studies across the globe to Barcelona, Spain. She is thrilled to spend the semester immersed in Spanish culture and exploring and eating her way through Europe. She is delighted to share her experiences with you through her CAPA blog posts!
Look for Nina's posts on CAPA World semi-weekly and bookmark her author feed to stay up-to-date on her posts.
JACKSON SCHIEFELBEIN, INSTAGRAM TV VLOGGER (he/him/his)
Jackson is a sophomore Sustainability and Global Studies double major from Arizona State University. He will be interning and taking classes in Barcelona during the spring semester to prepare himself for a career in international development and improve his intercultural and linguistic skills. He is excited to learn about the unique cultural and political climate of Barcelona and how these things change due to the effects of globalization.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
SKY DEDRICK, BLOGGER (she/her)
Sky is a junior pursuing a dual degree in Operations and Information Management and Spanish at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While in Argentina she will be interning and taking classes at Austral University. Sky is excited to explore the city of Buenos Aires and hopefully many others across South America. Adventure through Argentina with her and discover what the city of Buenos Aires has to offer through her posts!
Look for Sky's posts on CAPA World semi-weekly and bookmark her author feed to stay up-to-date on her posts.
JAMIE TAYLOR, VLOGGER (she/her)
Jamie is a junior Photography major with a minor in Communication Design at The New School in New York City. She will be studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland and is very excited to experience a new country and school! She is studying abroad because she’d like to see more of the world, learn about different cultures, and immerse herself in a new environment. As a photography major, she is very interested in capturing most of her travels abroad so she will be posting some videos of her time in Ireland!
Look for Jamie's posts on CAPA World semi-weekly and bookmark her author feed to stay up-to-date on her posts.
SARA SHRIBER, BLOGGER (she/her/hers)
Sara is a Marketing and International Business student from the University of Pittsburgh. She will be studying abroad in Florence, Italy this spring. She loves traveling and spent last summer in Sydney, Australia as a CAPA student. This is her second time studying abroad with CAPA and she is excited to see what it is like to study with CAPA again in a new country. She is excited to learn Italian, explore a new city, and step outside of her comfort zone. She hopes to be able to converse in Italian by the end of the program and obtain a better understanding of international business. Sara is eager to share her experiences through her blog posts with us!
Look for Sara's posts on CAPA World semi-weekly and bookmark her author feed to stay up-to-date on her posts.
MATT MCCONNELL, VLOGGER
Matt is a media advertising major at Indiana University in Bloomington. As he ventures into Europe to learn more about the Italian culture in Florence, he looks forward to broadening his horizons beyond where he's been and what he knows. He's also excited to combine his skills in creative work, encompassing filming, music, and editing, in order to capture what life is like on the other side of the world.
Look for Matt's posts on CAPA World semi-weekly and bookmark his author feed to stay up-to-date on his posts.
EMMA 'WILL' BALDWIN, BLOGGER (she/her/hers)
Emma, who most often goes by her nickname, Will, is a Technical Writing and Communications and Political Science major at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Originally from California, she was raised to have a laid-back and interpersonal approach to life, and hopes those qualities translate to her writing. She loves people above all else, so she welcomes feedback and questions from those who read her blogs. Please feel free to reach out!
Look for Will's posts on CAPA World semi-weekly and bookmark her author feed to stay up-to-date on her posts.
JAMES NIGHTENGALE, BLOGGER (he/him/his)
James is a Psychology and Screen Studies double major from Clark University. He is really looking forward to exploring London, finding his favorite local restaurants, and using the Tube despite deep confusion about the zoning system. You'll be able to find him getting tickets to a play, taking naps at 8 PM, or talking about his favorite TV show (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, of course).
Look for James's posts on CAPA World semi-weekly and bookmark his author feed to stay up-to-date on his posts.
ANNABEL THORPE, VLOGGER (she/her)
Annabel is a Journalism and Economics major at the University of Missouri. She will be interning at a news organization in London, England for four months this upcoming semester. Annabel comes from a strong journalism background, as she has interned with CNN in New York, the Dallas Morning News in Dallas, and is a reporter and anchor for KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO. Tag along for a fun cultural immersion featuring tea and crumpets and many other wonderful British customs.
Look for Annabel's posts on CAPA World semi-weekly and bookmark her author feed to stay up-to-date on her posts.
LILY TANG, BLOGGER (she/her/hers)
Lily is a Junior at University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Political Science and Asian American Studies. She is the Program Coordinator at the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center and works to create impactful events for the UMass community. She is passionate about civic engagement and community organizing and hopes to further develop her skills and gain experience by interning in Shanghai, China this Spring! As part of her study abroad experience, Lily hopes to broaden her knowledge of US-China relations.
Look for Lily's posts on CAPA World semi-weekly and bookmark her author feed to stay up-to-date on her posts.
JOHN VALVO, VLOGGER
John is a Finance major with a Chinese minor from Providence College and will be attending East China Normal University for the spring 2020 semester. He is extremely excited to have a financial internship in the city, as well as the opportunity to adapt to living in a big city. He aims to also improve his Chinese while meeting new friends and exploring the city. See where his study abroad in Shanghai takes him this spring!
Look for John's posts on CAPA World semi-weekly and bookmark his author feed to stay up-to-date on his posts.
EMMA ESTABROOK, BLOGGER (she/hers)
Emma is a Finance and Business Information Systems major at the University of Pittsburgh. She will be interning this summer in Sydney, Australia, and is determined to get to know the city and culture inside out. Some of her interests that she will be highlighting in her posts are traveling and her love of the outdoors!
Look for Emma's posts on CAPA World semi-weekly and bookmark her author feed to stay-up to date on her posts.
NICOLAS DOSTAL, VLOGGER (he/him/his)
Nicolas is a Political Science and Urban Planning double major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He will be studying Sports Management in Sydney, Australia through CAPA. He’s excited to immerse himself in the Australian experience and to learn about Sports Management in greater depth in his internship and courses. He spends most of his time at the beach, playing soccer, and exploring new places, all of which he is definitely going to include in his vlogs from down under. Check out his posts to see what student life in Sydney is like!
Look for Nicolas's posts on CAPA World semi-weekly and bookmark his author feed to stay-up to date on his posts.
Interested in being an official CAPA blogger or vlogger on your study abroad journey? Learn more about what it takes to apply here: