Waking Up in the Heart of an Australian Zoo

Nov 3, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Hanna is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing, Finance, and International Business major at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Hanna interacts with animals at Taronga Zoo and stops by to see the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Bondi Beach.

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This week I had an opportunity to experience Sydney’s ultimate sleepover with Roar & Snore at Taronga Zoo. Featuring stunning harbour views, a pretty cozy camping accommodation and exclusive up-close encounters with the animals at the zoo, Roar & Snore is considered to be a must-do for locals and visitors alike.

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This event, organized by CAPA, gave us all an opportunity to camp in safari tents in the heart of Australia's most famous zoo. When we woke up, I saw probably one of the most spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Goals Abroad, Activities Abroad

If I Had One More Day in Florence

Sep 1, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Emily_Kearns_Column_Profile.jpgWords by Emily Kearns, a CAPA Florence study abroad alumna. Emily will be writing a column called "Remembering Florence" on CAPA World the first Friday of every month.

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I often find myself thinking of my semester in Florence and all of the memories that were made in that wonderful city. I mean, it’s kind of hard to not think of it when I talk to students every day about study abroad! I daydream about my walks around the city, the amazing views, and of course- the delicious food. In this month’s post, I wanted to share the things I would do if I went back to Florence for just one more day.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Goals Abroad

4 Things I Wish I Did Differently During my Time Abroad

May 5, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Emily_Kearns_Column_Profile.jpgWords by Emily Kearns, a CAPA Florence study abroad alumna. Emily will be writing a column called "Remembering Florence" on CAPA World the first Friday of every month.

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Talking to students every day about study abroad has caused me to reflect more on my semester abroad, even though it's been two years since I’ve been back! This has allowed me to better advise students based off of my experiences. It's important to be able to articulate my experiences, the good and bad, and use my prior knowledge to help students when they ask me about study abroad. As a result of these reflections, I've come up with a list of a few things I wish I did differently during my semester in Florence. This is by no means a post about all my regrets, because I truly did have the time of my life abroad, but a list of 4 things that I could have done a bit differently that would have enhanced my experience even more. Here they are:

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1. Pushed myself to learn the language more

One of the things I strongly encourage anyone to do before they go abroad is to learn at least some of their host country’s language. Even if you can’t master it, it’s still important to learn certain phrases both out of respect for the country and locals, and for your own safety (if you’re caught in a difficult situation). I learned some basic words and phrases before going abroad, and I took Italian I while I was there, but I wish I would have forced myself to speak Italian more. Florence is full of tourists/students, making it easier for us to get by without learning much Italian, but I would have loved to leave Italy with more knowledge of the Italian language.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Goals Abroad

A Few Ways I Made the Most of My Semester Abroad

Apr 6, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya tells us three ways in which she made sure to make the most of her time abroad in Florence.

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I wake up to the sun shining through my large window and the faded sounds of shopkeepers opening up their doors.  I rush to get ready and quietly run out the door, down the staircase and onto the street.  My street is towards the outside of the city, so the sidewalk is remarkably empty with the exception of a few parents trying to get their kids to school on time.  I stop in at a café and order myself a cappuccino and croissant with the limited amount of Italian language skills that I have.  As I walk closer to the city center, the streets begin to fill up more with bicycles ringing at people to move out of the way.  I pass a girl carrying an art bag twice her size who is always walking to her school the same time as me.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Goals Abroad

Accomplishing Goals and Reflecting While Abroad

Mar 28, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_Emmanuel Rodriguez Profile.jpgEmmanuel Rodriguez is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in cinema & screen studies and studio arts: graphic design at SUNY Oswego, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Emmanuel  reflects on his time abroad, his goals for the program, and what he's accomplished so far.

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Thanks Emmanuel!

Emmanuel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Goals Abroad

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