A Study Abroad Experience Four Years in the Making

Jun 25, 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 her first post, Alice recounts how her high school teacher's advice to study abroad stuck with her and shares why she went through this process independently to fulfill her summer abroad experience.

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Study abroad. Even before entering college, I knew that it was something I’d have to do. I distinctly remember sitting in my AP Spanish class my senior year of high school and my teacher talking about her own experiences with studying out of the country during college.

“If you ever have the chance, take it. I promise it’s an experience you won’t forget.”

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Summer2018_From Alice Ding - The London EyeSummer is the time to go to London, known for one of the rainiest cities in the world,
and yet almost everyday has been as beautiful as this!

I can remember how she was sitting, how she said it, and how those words have stuck with me ever since. Others I’ve talked to have emphasized the same thing, encouraging me at any and every opportunity to go abroad. “Do it, it’ll change your life forever.”

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Posted in: London, England, Study Abroad, First Thoughts

A New Environment Full of Promise

Feb 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Brandon Mooney_Dublin

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.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2018_From Brandon Mooney - Bright Door along South Circular Road.jpegA lot of the doors are painted in cool colors like this on South Circular Road.

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

London is Where I Want To Be

Jan 24, 2018 10:30:00 AM / 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 her first post, Kelly expresses her admiration for London and shares her expectations for an exciting semester and internship abroad.

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When selecting a study abroad program, I had no doubt London was where I wanted to be. Not only does London host a number of magazines, but it's one of the chicest cities in the world. London bursts with fashion. The history, art and architecture ignite my curiosity. I've never been to London, but I can tell I will constantly be learning while there. Whether I'm admiring the architecture or wandering through exhibits in a museum, I'll always absorb the stories London tells.

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I'll find myself learning not only in the classroom or at my internship, but also while on the streets exploring all the city has to offer. I chose to study and intern in London because I know learning and having that internship experience will set me up for continued success throughout my career and personal goals. London possesses all of my areas interest–most importantly, fashion, magazines and design. In my life, and in the career I am working toward through current internships and academics, I ceaselessly partake in these areas of interest.

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Posted in: London, England, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, First Thoughts

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

Predeparture Thoughts: Filling My Map

Sep 12, 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 her first post, Elizabeth reflects on her past travels and envisions how things will be different when she reaches Dublin.

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I have attempted to start this blog post at least five times and every time I start it seems unreal that I will be leaving for Ireland in four days. Four Days. Four days to fit in my last goodbyes and pack the last essential items. (Sadly my dog apparently cannot come with me in my carry on.) After months of planning and finalizing the details, the ‘excitement butterflies’ have set in for my study abroad in Dublin.

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I have had the urge to travel since I was eight. I dreamed of traveling the world and having a map so full of pushpins that you could barely read the names of the cities. Since then I have taken every opportunity possible to explore the world. From the car trips with my family to Myrtle Beach to traveling to Vietnam with a class from my school, I have always been the first to accept adventure. Traveling to Dublin will be a step towards filling my map.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, First Thoughts

Just Days Away From Florence

Sep 7, 2017 4:30:00 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 her first post, Hayley shares why Florence is her study abroad choice and how she plans on reconnecting with her artistic side.

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Studying abroad has been a dream of mine ever since I was in middle school. It’s hard to believe that I’m just days away from departing from the United States and heading to Florence for the semester. During these last few days at home, I’ve done a lot of thinking about why I am truly participating in a semester away from my college, friends, and family. I’ve come to realize that this experience that I’m about to embark on will not only fulfill my need to travel but will also help me grow as a person.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, First Thoughts

Exploring My New Neighborhood with My Flatmates in London

Jul 12, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_MaitaAnkrum_London_Headshot.pngMaita is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Kinesiology major at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maita tells us about her neighborhood and introduces us to her flatmates.

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Hello from London, finally! It’s been just a couple of days here and I already love it. So far, I’ve toured around Shepherd’s Bush, the Kensington Gardens, tackled the Tube and ate at a British pub.

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Shepherd’s Bush, the area of our residence, is filled with all kinds of things to do. So far we’ve learned the necessities, like where the mall and nearest grocery stores are. Kensington Garden is beautiful, the Tube is sweaty and at a British pub instead of having someone come serve you food, you order up at the bar. Not having table service is one of the many new things I’ve already found to be different in London than back in Minnesota. Other differences include things like lines being called a queue, calendars being called diaries and that traffic in Minneapolis is nothing like it is in Kensington.

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Posted in: London, England, First Thoughts

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

From Florence to Pisa to Cinque Terre: My First Thoughts of Italy

May 30, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_JiwonChoi_Florence_Headshot.pngJiwon Choi is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Jiwon shows us around the city of Florence and talks about what she's done since arriving.

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After a long flight, I finally arrived to Florence!

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Photo: view of Florence from palazzo de Michelangelo

I dragged my heavy body to CAPA center and soon I was sent to my 'apartment' in via del Agnolo, there I met my roommates!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, First Thoughts

My First Taste of Sydney: Expectations vs. Reality

May 30, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_SkyleeLawton_Sydney_Headshot.pngSkylee Lawton is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Skylee tells us the biggest differences she's noticed so far between home and Sydney, including relaxed TSA and driving on opposite sides.

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Let me start off by saying that Sydney is really nothing like I imagined. Even with my pre-trip research, I was not expecting the city to  be so diverse and house so many cultures. In my first few hours here, I explored Australian streets, ate Chinese food, listened to American music and watched a British television show.

The first thing that was surprising to me was how easy going people are here. Going through Australian customs was less terrifying than I imagined. I was expecting an interrogation to which I mentally practiced my speech for the border police in line. I also had my CAPA entry letter prepared in a nice packet to show that I had an important reason to be here. When I got up front, the officer humorously commented on my unique name, scanned my passport and welcomed me to the country. No further questions.

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Photo: the bridge I have to cross to get from one building to my apartment 

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, First Thoughts

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