Time to Change: Processing and Anticipating My Growth This Semester

Sep 17, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Genevieve Rice

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Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Genevieve reveals her thoughts and expectations surrounding her fall semester abroad in London, along with the growth she anticipates for herself.

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I always loved plane rides. Growing up, I was always so excited for every trip because of the unique feeling of whizzing through the air at immense speeds. However, as I have grown older, I have learned to like them for a different reason. Airplane rides are a guaranteed time to simply sit in one’s own thoughts and process what is coming and what has been left behind. After a while, I always get bored of the movies or my book, or even of listening to music, so I just sit and think. I ended one of these amazing processing times on my flights to London a few days ago. I thought about what I had left behind this semester, all of the things that I will be missing at my university.

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I thought about my family and how they will have changed by the time I come back. I thought about my friends that the fun memories that they will make. I know from experience that life will continue on back home even when I am not there, so when I return, things will be different and so will I. I also thought about how that is not necessarily a bad thing. I know that it is a little early in the semester to be thinking about going back home, but I like to think ahead. This means that I also like to think about the amazing things that I am going to see this semester, too.

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Posted in: London, England, Arrival, Flying

How I Overcame Several Travel Hiccups On My Way to Florence

Sep 13, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Payton Meyer

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Payton Meyer is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Strategic Communication major at  University of Colorado Boulder, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Payton recalls the obstacles she faced on her way to Florence and shares how she overcame them and arrive for orientation.

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I’m finally starting to settle in to my new home here after arriving in Italy late Friday night. I’m writing this from the kitchen table in my quaint 3rd floor apartment that’s just 5 minutes from the train station, and about a 20-minute scenic walk to the CAPA Florence center. Florence is even more breathtaking than I imagined it would be, and I absolutely love my apartment and all 6 of my flatmates, but getting to this point wasn’t so easy.

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

I made a few little stops in both Iceland and London before arriving in Italy for the semester, resulting in me arriving very late at night, rather than during the day as CAPA had wanted us to do. The CAPA Florence staff was very understanding and helpful when I told them this, and planned to check me in the next morning, before our 10am orientation. I thought I would just take the 8:05am train from Rosano, where I stayed with my parents in a medieval countryside Airbnb, and arrive in Florence at 8:45am, at which point I would take a taxi over to CAPA and get my apartment keys so I could drop my luggage off and head back over for the CAPA orientation. My journey into Florence, however, did not go exactly as planned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Arrival, Orientation

My Arrival in Sydney & First Impressions

Sep 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin

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.

In this week's post, Lorenzo shares about his journey to Sydney and his impressions of the city so far.

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I arrived in Sydney on a cold, busy Wednesday morning. Having been through many immigration processes almost everywhere in the world, I really have to give a shoutout to the Australian department. They were very quick, very efficient, had everything on an electronic database (basically no stamp on your passport) and also they were polite, quite an occurrence in these situations. The wait for luggage was not bad as most of them were delivered within thirty minutes from arrival.

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As I arrived at Urbanest on Wattle St (the CAPA apartments), the residence staff was there waiting and they were fairly fast and efficient in helping students get set up and find their place. Orientation was set for the same day at noon, so I had time to take a shower and start unpacking. The first day in Australia was really tough to stay awake. With my roommates, we fed off meeting each other, talking, listening to music and playing video games to be able to stay up until dinner time. To fight the jet lag I always find melatonin extremely useful, so you can start controlling your sleep schedule and be up and energetic for the right moment.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Study Abroad, Arrival

A New Environment Full of Promise

Feb 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM / 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 lands in Dublin and gets acquainted with his new neighborhood.

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After a 5-hour flight from Providence, Rhode Island, long enough to eat one very mediocre, in-flight vegetarian meal and fruitlessly attempt to fall asleep amid heavy turbulence, I finally landed in Dublin International Airport. I will be honest: my first impression of Ireland was not overwhelmingly positive. Although it was 8:00 in the morning, the sun had yet to come up (a fact that is apparently normal), and the weather outside could be best described as cold, windy, and drizzly.

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Pushing aside encroaching jetlag, I followed my group as we were bundled into an awaiting Griffith taxi. Almost immediately, our driver single-handedly reversed my post-flight irritability. This was my first experience with an Irish local, and I must say, I was amazed by his excitement and willingness to take me on a whirlwind, verbal tour of central Dublin's greatest landmarks.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Arrival, First Thoughts

Arriving with a Sense of Curiosity

Jan 31, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Kelly talks about cultivating a sense of curiosity and what she did upon arrival.

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The plane to London's Heathrow Airport was just shy of eight hours from Chicago. Thirty minutes before landing, I fought every urge to take a photo in my millennial and photographer body. I wanted to sit there and enjoy the view. I want to make it my goal to not experience London entirely through a lens or screen. I saw a cluster of buildings on an island and a beam of light I assumed to be the London Bridge. Aside from the fact that I actually knew I was in London, I knew what that cluster of buildings was thanks to my new obsession with Netflix's original series The Crown. It's where I've brushed up on my British history before my arrival.

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As we span in what seemed like endless 5 mph donuts, I thought about what I wanted to get out of this trip. I came to the conclusion that I want to get better at asking questions. I am a journalist, after all. It's our job to be curious. That's the easy part for me. But it's actually asking them that's the tough part. I have all of these questions, but only ever really ask a few. and need to get better at actually asking them. This will be crucial in my internship with fashion label MLML London this semester, so I can learn as much as possible.

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Posted in: London, England, Accommodation Abroad, Arrival

My First Impressions of Dublin

Sep 19, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Elizabeth is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth discusses her first thoughts of Dublin and gets a feel for life and culture in the city.

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“Welcome to Dublin Ireland,” said the captain of my flight as we landed on the tarmac at 7:58 a.m. on September 11th. Although I only slept about 90 minutes on the plane, my adrenaline was soaring as I got off the plane. I was filled with excitement and disbelief that I was in Dublin.

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The driver pulled through the front gates of Griffith College and I felt like I was entering a castle. After completing a small sea of paperwork, we were able to find our rooms and meet our roommates. The first day consisted of exploring the campus and neighborhood. After passing a pop-up circus on our campus and unpacking our luggage we felt prepared to venture out into the surrounding area. Our first priority was coffee because of adjusting to the time zone and the jetlag was slowly starting to set in.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Arrival, First Thoughts

Greater Heights: My Flight to Florence

Sep 18, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Celess is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Riverside City College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Celess faces a small hitch as she leaves the U.S., but enjoys the rest of her flight as she makes it safely to Florence.

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Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Arrival, Airports

My First Day in Dublin

Sep 15, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Tylor is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Communication major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Tylor shows us how she got to Dublin and gives us a glimpse of her first day there.

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Thanks Tylor!

Tylor's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland, Arrival

My Arrival in Firenze

Sep 14, 2017 12:30:00 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 marks her arrival in Florence by getting to know the city and its people.

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It was about 11:00 AM when I was woken up from my nap to the sound of the pilot making an announcement that we were just moments away from arriving in Florence, Italy.

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After a bumpy landing I gathered up my belongings and headed to exit the plane. I remember stepping off the plane and looking at my friend, Autumn. We both had the same excited look on our faces as we took a small shuttle bus to the baggage claim and joked about how there was no turning back now. After months of anticipation I had finally arrived in Florence, Italy!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Arrival, Activities Abroad

Landing in London

Sep 13, 2017 4:30:00 PM / 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 comes face-to-face with British English and overcomes intimidation with inspiration.

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On Tuesday I finally flew into London Gatwick Airport, the seemingly little brother (and less expensive brother) to Heathrow.

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Coming from Italy, it was a relief to hear English again! Although, it was in a very different dialect than I am sure most Americans are used to. That's a given. But the English dialect was definitely the first thing I noticed getting off the plane. I think the UK English dialect has a very interesting flow and tone that follows it. It's not a negative tone, but I felt the need to rise to the level of sophistication that the dialect carries when I was interacting with people off the plane, especially at Border Control! My acting company members expressed the same feelings—even though we have studied the dialect intensively throughout our sophomore year!

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Posted in: London, England, Arrival, Personal Learning

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