Meet James Nightengale (he/him/his), an official CAPA blogger in London, England for Spring 2020:
University: Clark University
Major: Psychology and Screen Studies
Study Abroad Location: London, England
Internship or volunteer placement: TBC
What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
I am super excited to just wander the streets of London and get a feel for the city! I grew up in New York City and am really interested in seeing how the ‘vibe’ of London compares—whether that comes through in the Tube, the people, the nightlife, or the food, I’m looking forward to experiencing it all. I’m also hoping to take advantage of London’s proximity to many other countries and do some traveling.
What are three of your hobbies and interests?
I love to watch/discuss/argue about movies and TV with anyone who will listen. I’m a big fan of watch parties or movie theater outings. I’m also passionate about working with kids and plan to help co-direct a sleepaway camp in Maine in the summer of 2020. Theater has also been a big part of my life for a while, and I hope I can take advantage of London’s significantly cheaper tickets and see some theater while abroad.
What’s one personal goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
I have a habit of scheduling all of my free time away, so it can be hard for me to make time for myself at school. I’m hoping that this semester abroad will help me shift into a mindset where I prioritize making time for myself to explore, go out, and experience new and exciting things.
What’s one professional goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
Professionally, I’m hoping that my internship will allow me to work side-by-side with people in the fields I am most interested in, giving me more clarity about my future career interests. I hope I will broaden my professional network and develop a meaningful relationship with my internship organization.
What can we look forward to reading in your posts?
Topics I plan on writing about include exploring/wandering around London, reporting on theater productions/concerts or any other shows I see, queer spaces in London and LGBT nightlife, and a moment-by-moment breakdown of what a typical day abroad looks like for me. I am also trying to keep an open mind to new ideas that I hadn’t considered before once I actually arrive in London.
Anything else you’d like to say to people reading for the first time?
I’m really grateful for this opportunity to write about this upcoming experience, and [I'm] looking forward to getting started!