How I Grew Academically, Professionally, and Personally in Sydney

Oct 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Marketing and Global Management major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Sydney.

In today's post, Sydney reflects on her experiences abroad and how she has grown over her semester abroad in Sydney, as well as how her internship was beneficial for her future.

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My 6 weeks in Sydney were both the fastest and slowest 6 weeks of my life. Whenever someone would mention how much time we had left, we would all be surprised how little that amount was, but also wonder how we had been there for so long when it felt like we had only arrived the day before. Since I’ve been home, I’ve had a little time to reflect on this journey and my experiences. I think I was able to grow not only academically and professionally, but also personally as well.

On a Boat

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I really had a good time in my Sports Marketing class, and I think this solidified that at some point in my career, I would love to work in the sports industry. I think it also confirmed that marketing has been the right choice for my major. I enjoyed and felt very capable when researching and writing proposals on solutions for marketing problems. My time as an intern at Ordermentum was also very beneficial. Even though I learned what kind of work that I loved doing through that experience, it also made me more well-rounded as a marketing candidate; I can be more confident when applying to various positions in the future.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Reflection, Academics Abroad, Internships in Sydney, Classes in Sydney, Personal Learning

Bridging the Gap: Theatrical Arts, Prisoners, and the Outside World

Oct 2, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

London ImageVideo by Natasha Wright, a BFA Acting major from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and CAPA London alum.

Natasha talks about her research project focusing on Synergy Theatre Project and their work with prisoners and former prisoners in the theater and arts space.

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Thanks, Natasha!

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Posted in: London, England, Academics Abroad, Human Rights, Theater, Art Abroad, Personal Learning, Reflection

The People I Met from CAPA and Griffith College in Dublin

Aug 17, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Rachel Howell

Rachel Howell

Rachel is an official CAPA vlogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Visual Media major at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Rachel introduces us to the staff at CAPA Dublin and Griffith College she's interacted with during her study abroad semester in Dublin.

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Thanks Rachel!

Rachel's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Academics Abroad, Classes, CAPA Staff

A Tour of Where I Study Abroad at Griffith College

Jul 27, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Rachel Howell

Rachel Howell

Rachel is an official CAPA vlogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Visual Media major at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Rachel takes us on a tour of where she attends her classes at Griffith College. She also gives us a look at what the campus looks like and where she usually frequents.

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Thanks Rachel!

Rachel's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Classes, Academics Abroad, College Life, Environment

Taking Art Classes in Florence is a Dream Come True

Jul 10, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Allyson Barnes

Allyson Barnes

Allyson Barnes is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, and Studio Arts major at University of Colorado - Boulder, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Allyson writes about fulfilling her passion and practice of art in a prominent and historic art city like Florence.

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My favorite class here in Florence this summer by far has been my drawing class. I love art, which is why I picked it up as another major. I am so passionate about my art and so getting to practice my art in the art capital of the world was just a dream come true.

Ponte Vecchio ArtworkTrying pen and ink drawings of the Ponte Vecchio.

In the class we got to not only explore art practices in the classroom and studio, but we also took outings all around the city to explore and find sculptures to base our drawing on. It was a great way to practice our techniques and also a way for us explore the wonderful city that we are in. Jaime was our professor and she did a wonderful job. She was so passionate about everything, including whatever she taught us, that it always made us more interested in the topics. She was always someone I enjoyed listening to.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Art Abroad, Academics Abroad

What My Post-War British Pop Culture Course Taught Me

Jul 2, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Alice Ding

Alice is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Computer Science and Marketing major at Northeastern University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Alice tells us about her summer course on Post-War British Pop Culture and the different subcultures she has explored through this class in London.

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Upon receiving my schedule for CAPA, I was surprised at the timings of my classes. Here, I only have classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays; that’s twelve days of classes for the entire course of the program. I’d have five weekends. Compared to American school schedules, it truly seemed like a dream like true, but maybe only on the surface level. Imagine having a class that runs from 8:30am - 4:00pm every Wednesday and then a class right after that from 4:20pm - 7:50pm. Yup. Almost 12 hours of class straight. Part of me dreaded this. Wednesdays were going to be crazy for me. A seven-hour class? No way I’d survive.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Summer2018_From Alice Ding - Street Art in Shoreditch on our Walking Tour
Our first class: street art in Shoreditch where we did a walking tour to see several pieces of work.

After the first day though, I realized that this would probably one of my favorite courses I’d ever take, abroad or otherwise.

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Posted in: London, England, Classes in London, Academics Abroad

The Joy of Writing is the Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Mar 12, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

An Interview with Award-Winning Author, Acclaimed Travel Writer, and CAPA Visiting Professor Michael Meyer

Meet Michael Meyer, an award-winning writer who has published a non-fiction trilogy set in China. With experiences abroad as a journalist and as an acclaimed travel writer, and having contributed to The New York Times,Time, the Financial TimesLos Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune among others; he is also an associate professor for the English writing program at the University of Pittsburgh. Below, he talks about how he got his start overseas, shares lessons from his writing and publishing experience, and reveals what students can expect from his Travel Writing course this summer in London.

CAPA WORLD: What sparked your interest in traveling?
MICHAEL MEYER: Both travel writing and China happened by accident. The Peace Corps sent me to the latter after I had rejected seven other countries, none of which spoke Spanish, my second language. China was their final offer. I was about to graduate, broke and without prospects. I majored in Education and worked as a journalist throughout college, but there was no job waiting for me. A plane ticket to China felt like a reprieve, even though I couldn't speak a word of Chinese, or even use chopsticks. I started writing travel stories after landing, an exercise in making sense of the newness around me.

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Posted in: Interviews, London, England, Academics Abroad

Exploring Dublin Through Its History

Feb 23, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Brandon is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Political Science major at Clark University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Brandon brings us along for a class field trip in Dublin and learns more about the city's history.

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My favorite class at Griffith College so far is a CAPA-directed course called Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Dublin. The Global City: Dublin class is meant to give students a well-rounded picture of Dublin looking at both the contemporary period and historical past. In doing so, there is a focus upon dissecting the individual phases of Dublin's, and Ireland's by extension, growth. The class is taught by Dr. Darren Kelly, who works closely with the CAPA team here in Dublin and also presides over the Global Internship Program class that meets every week for those participating in an internship while abroad.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2018_From Brandon Mooney - Christchurch Cathedral.jpegChristchurch Cathedral is located right in the city center, and it is my favorite cathedral in Dublin because of its historical value and being built right next to the original Viking settlement of Dublin.

In class, we have recently begun a discussion and investigation of Dublin's original settlement and creation by the Vikings. Fun fact: Dublin got its name from the Irish word Dubhlinn, or "black pool." This refers to the dark tidal pool formed by the River Poddle meeting the River Liffey in what is now the city center of Dublin. This created a favorable, deep point for the Vikings to land their ships.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Academics Abroad, History Abroad

An Interview with Professor David Edye

Dec 18, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Maureen is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maureen interviews her European Government and Politics professor, David Edye.

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Thanks Maureen!

Maureen's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, London Interview, Academics Abroad

Writing the City: Observational Writing in London

Dec 13, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Thaddeus is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Thaddeus shares his thoughts on his "Writing the City: London" class and what he has learned from observational writing.

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As my time in London enters its last month, I have started to reflect heavily on my work as a writer after working with Kate Norbury, who teaches Writing the City: London. When we started this class, I had very little idea of how to structure writing and have it critiqued in a productive way that would help me better tell my story.

Kate works with helping writers become inspired through observational writing - ie. having an experience within the city of London, creating a story based on an overheard conversation, watching somebody interact throughout the city, or finding parallels between physical space and poetical language. To do this, we often took morning field studies to different locations within the city of London where other notable writers in the city have become inspired or had a history of dwelling.

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Posted in: London, England, Academics Abroad, Study Abroad

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