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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, Academics Abroad, London Interview

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

World Teachers' Day: Appreciating Our Study Abroad Professors

Oct 5, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

For World Teachers' Day, we would like to acknowledge and thank all the professors who have taught and enriched our CAPA students and their study abroad experiences. Studying abroad would not be the same without them!

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We've compiled some quotes and interviews students have done with the professors they've encountered on their academic journey.

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Posted in: Academics Abroad, Classes

Film Spools Are for Folio Fools

Sep 27, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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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 goes through acting training in London and hunts for a 394-year-old Shakespearean transcript at the library.

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This week I started my sessions with the Globe Theater, as well as endured a very intense week of training. This week has been very informative in finding what I am lacking in my work as an actor.

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We have been working on restoration comedy pieces, which have been able to help me re-discover my sense of play that I have with myself - and translate that into my scene work. I think that is the next step in my training, which is quite a switch up from the very technique-driven curriculum that I usually am used to at the U of Minnesota.

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

A Typical Day of My Study Abroad Life in Florence

Sep 21, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Hayley is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication and Media major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hayley walks us through her day-to-day activities on her study abroad experience.

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It’s officially been ten days since I arrived in the city of Florence. During my ten first days I feel as if I have accomplished a lot. I’ve explored the city, memorized how to navigate around without getting lost, tried some of the best places to eat, and fought off a mean case of jet lag.

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Even though it’s only been a little over a week, I've began to notice a cycle in my day-to-day life. Establishing a schedule has been a very good tool to manage my busy days here in Florence. Because there is so much going on in the city, every day is filled with something new and exciting. But, I found that trying to maintain a schedule definitely helps manage getting the most out of my day.

Here’s a look at what a day in my life looks like living in Florence!

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

Too Academic: A Therapeutic Approach

Aug 25, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

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"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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What is wrong with me

I took part in a panel at a recent conference with two of the smartest women in our field; they would be among the smartest women in any field. We received reasonable evaluations except from three anonymous colleagues who, in one way or other, judged it to be “too academic.”

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That did not trouble me too much personally. I do not seek unqualified approval (which is just as well) and I respect the opinions of some of my colleagues. Nevertheless, I found myself oddly perturbed at these comments even though they represented 3 out of 15 received (those 15 represented about 22.6% of those “present” at our session, in one sense or another). What really disturbed me was that I was disturbed. I have become very accustomed, almost immune, to a critical focus on my own manifest failings.

But, I brooded.

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Posted in: Academics Abroad, Study Abroad

My Favorite Class at CAPA: Irish Cinema

Jun 26, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_CatGloria_Dublin_Headshot.pngCat Gloria is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Cat talks about why her Irish Cinema class is her favorite, referencing some movies she's watched so far.

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While studying abroad, I take four courses in total: two CAPA classes and two University of Florida classes. Taking all of these classes and interning at the same time is a lot of stress, but there is one class that I look forward to attending the most every week. It’s called “Irish Cinema.”

Led by Professor Susanne Bach, the class focuses on the history and connecting themes in Irish film. Twice a week we get to watch films and talk about them, sounds like a dream class right? Well, it is.

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Photo: by Maile Suganuma. My friend Madison and me standing in the cemetery searching for Gerry Conlon’s grave.

I remember the first week when I fell in love with the class. We watched My Left Foot, the story of a child with cerebral palsy growing up to become an excellent artist and writer. The catch is that he only writes and draws with his left foot. The character played by Daniel Day-Lewis was based on an actual person named Christy Brown who grew up in Ireland. The film was so powerful it left everyone in tears. That set the tone for the upcoming weeks.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Academics Abroad

Maximizing the Minutes of Studying Abroad

Apr 26, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2017 - Profile.jpgColin Gilbert is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and supply chain management major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Colin talks about completing his academics in Sydney and why time management is especially important abroad.

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I chuckled to myself and pondered over an appropriate response to my professor as he asked, “Did you spend your entire Easter Monday finishing up that final paper?” because I hadn’t. In fact, I was waking up in Melbourne on Easter Monday, enjoying a delicious breakfast and hopping a plane back to Sydney, where I spent the afternoon around wandering around Darling Harbour and dining waterside for one of the last times.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Academics Abroad

5 Unique Study Spots in Dublin

Mar 10, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_From Nathan Overlock - Profile Photo (Choice 1).jpgNathan Overlock is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A professional writing and information design major at Cedarville University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Nathan shares five of his favorite study spots that will get you out and about in Dublin.

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It’s been a little too easy for me to forget, with everything else going on in Dublin, that I'm here to study. Sure, I attend lectures every day, often for much longer than at my home college. But switching from the weekly projects and essay writing of college in the US to exactly one paper and exam per course at Griffith College hasn't exactly helped... Yet, with assignment week approaching, I can’t help but dread the prospect of spending hours typing essays on my computer with the hustle and bustle of the city around me and the weather shifting from winter to spring. There has to be a way to learn and study without missing out on everything going on in Dublin, right? 

Here are five unique study spots that will get you out-and-about in the city!

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Academics Abroad