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.

Learn More about the CAPA Dublin Program

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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

My First Impressions of Very Green Dublin

Jun 5, 2017 2:30:00 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 tells us about her first few days in her new home, and what she's observed.

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The Dublin airport was bustling with people, I hurried to get a taxi and the craziest thing happened. When I saw the taxi arriving the driver was somehow driving from the passenger's seat. I was officially in Ireland.

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Photo: a look at the river Liffey from one of the many bridges.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Arrival, First Thoughts

Living Down Under- Challenges and Culture Shock

Jun 1, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_ShayannaRoman_Sydney_Headshot.pngShayanna Roman is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major and Art minor at SUNY New Paltz, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Shayanna talks about her biggest challenges: budgeting, grocery shopping, and transportation.

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Hello from Down Under, readers! After last week’s multiple pre-departure fiascos and (surprisingly) not so terrible 12 hour layover in LAX, I’ve arrived in beautiful Sydney, Australia and I have to say, I’m in love with this city. The scenic views, friendly people, and great food have me seriously considering moving here in the future if possible. However, there have inevitably been some challenges getting used to life in this global city.

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Photo: I still can’t believe I work near here!

So far, I’ve gotten lost more times than I can count, had an existential crisis while grocery shopping and spent an absurd amount of money eating out. I was nowhere near prepared for the cost of living in such an expensive city. After only one week of constantly eating out at several of Sydney’s delicious restaurants with my new friends, it started taking a heavy toll on my wallet. I knew I had to start cooking in order to budget my money better, otherwise I’d be broke within two weeks.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Arrival

The Kindness of the Irish: Dublin's First Impressions

May 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_MadelineMessina_Dublin_Headshot.pngMadeline Messina is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Madeline gives us her first impressions of Dublin and the people she's met there.

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Arriving in Dublin was a surreal experience. Looking out of the window of the plane as we were landing, I was assuming once we descended beyond the clouds I might get a nice view of the country. I had no idea that we were already so low to the ground, so that once we were under the clouds, we had already landed. A heavy fog amassed the entirety of the airport and the clouds hung low to the ground. I felt an indescribable mystery at the first sight of Ireland.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Arrival

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