Welcome to My Neighborhood and the Entrepreneurial Stories That Live Within

Oct 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Mariah Thomas

Mariah Thomas

Mariah is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Journalism major at SUNY Purchase College, she is studying abroad in London.

In today's post, Mariah talks about her curiosity and interest in her new Shepherd's Bush neighborhood for the semester and shares some of the entrepreneurial stories that led to businesses in the area.


When I arrived in Shepherd’s Bush, the neighborhood I was set to live in during my stay in London, I didn’t know what to expect.

Entrance Leading to Study Abroad AccommodationWalk-through entrance to the study abroad accommodation area.

What kind of neighborhood is this? What kind of people live here? What should I expect?— were questions that ran through my mind as I google mapped the Goldhawk location in the comfort of my home, contemplating if the wide bricked drive thru and tall black gates was the entrance to my new temporary home.

To my utmost satisfaction and shock, it was.

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Posted in: London, England, Accommodation Abroad, Study Abroad, College Life, Environment

A Day in My Study Abroad Life in Florence

Oct 17, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Michaella Estevez is an official CAPA vlogger, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this today's post, Michaella shows us how she starts off a day in her life as a study abroad student in Florence as she makes her way to class.


Thanks Michaella!

See more of Michaella's journey in Florence.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, College Life, Environment, Food in Florence

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.


Thanks Rachel!

Rachel's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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

A Day in the Life of a Spring Semester Student in Florence

Apr 5, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Rachel is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Rachel takes us through a day in her life and what she does during her abroad in Florence this spring semester.


It is hard to sum up a typical week here because I am usually always on the go and doing something new every day. I thought I would try to take everyone along through a “day in the life” of a student here in Florence and some of my favorite places!

Bread and Break Bakery in FlorenceBread and Break Bakery in Florence


My week starts with beginning Italian class on Monday. I usually wake up around 8:30am and have breakfast in my apartment and get ready. Sometimes I’ll stop at a café near my apartments called “Bread and Break” to get a croissant and a cappuccino before class.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, College Life

Living Abroad: Rooms, Roommates, and More

Jul 5, 2017 5:30:00 PM / 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 shows us where she lives and introduces us to her roommates and friends on her program.


I have been extremely lucky during this trip to have such a fantastic living situation here in Dublin. For starters, I live very comfortably in the StayCity aparthotels on Saint Augustine street. StayCity boasts a spacious and modern living area with two double bedrooms and a full-service en suite kitchen.

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The location is incredibly central. StayCity is a 10-minute walk from the Temple Bar district, the city’s cultural hub, a 20-minute walk from Griffith College, where I take my classes, and a 30-minute walk to St. Stephen’s Green, a great park for a nice walk or picnic in the center of southern Dublin. It is also just steps away from the necessities. Within a 5-minute radius are two grocery stores, Tesco Express and Lidl, a pharmacy, two convenience stores, Spar and Centra, several little coffee shops, and plenty of restaurants, both sit-down and take-away. I also live right on the river, which makes it easy to navigate through the city with the Liffey as my guide.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, College Life

A Day in My Life Abroad: Valkyrie Speaker

Mar 20, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Valkyrie Profile.pngValkyrie Speaker, a film major at the University of Pittsburgh, is a CAPA World columnist during spring semester 2017. She'll be shooting weekly videos for "An American Film Student in London", published every Monday. 

For this week's vlog, Valkyrie takes us along with her on a typical day, showing us everything from her breakfast to her commute.



Thanks, Valkyrie!

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Posted in: London, England, College Life

How to Make the Most of Your Time at School

Aug 25, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

IMG_1050.jpgWords by Julie Ritz, Marketing Assistant at CAPA The Global Education Network.

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Think about what a typical day looks like for you: wake up, make breakfast, chug a coffee, go to class, find time for lunch, do homework, go to work, scarf down some dinner, more homework, potential shower for the first time in three days, maybe do laundry, MUST watch new Game of Thrones—are you overwhelmed yet?

There are times we all wish we had 25-hour days or eight days in a week, and feel like we still won’t have enough time to get everything done. With such hectic schedules and busy lives, it’s hard to imagine time for anything else. That means it’s impossible to study abroad, right? WRONG! It’s important to realize that making time for yourself and the things you enjoy is vital to a successful college experience.


Studying abroad will get you off your campus while allowing you to maintain everything you do in your daily life. It’s a common misconception that studying abroad is impossible for people with certain majors or limitations. Especially those on medical or engineering paths who feel that their schedules are very rigid with little wiggle room. But, if you save your electives or liberal arts requirements for a little later on, you can easily take these courses abroad. If it’s not an option to save those courses for later, consider going abroad as a sophomore instead of as a junior.

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Posted in: College Life

Top 5 Ted Talks to Build Your Confidence

Aug 2, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Confidence is important in so many aspects of your life. From how you handle daily challenges to bigger decisions like what you'll do in your career, it lets others see that you know you can complete tasks to the best of your ability without being arrogant. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else?

5 Talks to Help Boost Your Confidence

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Posted in: College Life

The Top 10 Ways to Make Your College Experience More Rewarding

Jun 7, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

When you think about what you're going to do during your college experience, you think of a lot of things. You think of the major you're passionate about studying, you think about the friendships you'll make that will last a lifetime, and you think about experiencing and trying new things as an independent person for the first time. The opportunity for adventure is endless as you make your way through the world and learn the tools to help you reach your professional and personal goals.

As much as your college experience will be able to give you, sometimes it's also beneficial to give back to others. There are many things you can do on and off campus to make your time at college more rewarding. Giving to others will not only make your heart full of joy and compassion, but can teach you other valuable lessons like patience and what it means to not expect anything in return for a job well done.

10 Ways to Make Your College Expereince More Rewarding

Here are our top 10 ways to give back to yourself and your community.

1. JOIN A CLUB. One of the best ways to get involved, try something new and meet new people is to join a club on campus. Not only will joining a club expand your social circle, but it will allow you to give back to your community on campus by becoming a part of it. Spend time with people who have the same interests as you, or join a club that relates to a topic you’ve been interested in but  have never explored before. There are clubs for sports, games, and social issues, so you’re sure to find something that intrigues you.


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Posted in: College Life


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