Three Simple Tasks — Personal Goal Setting during an Internship in London

Oct 1, 2018 4:38:25 PM / by Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice

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 highlights her first two weeks at her internship with the editorial team of a magazine in London, and outlines a few of the goals she set for herself this week.

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This Tuesday marked the completion of two full weeks at my internship. The past week was full of surprises and growth. Like the first week at any new job, the learning curve was immense. I am working with the editorial team of a nursing magazine. My internship description (we had to write a learning agreement, so I actually know this one) is working alongside the editorial team, writing news articles, and assisting on any project that I can. This is an experience that I count as invaluable. I want to pursue journalism after I graduate, so having hands-on experience with a well-known magazine is a huge resume booster and an amazing learning opportunity—thank you CAPA! Despite the fact that my internship is tailored to my future aspirations, I feel an enormous amount of pressure for this to go well. I have always been exceedingly hard on myself and in short, am a perfectionist. Therefore, my internship contains several self-appointed tasks to complete before I can feel like I am comfortable in this new environment.

Genevieve Rice_Internship KitchenDon't let the bright windows and tile work deceive you, the kitchen is complicated.

First task: braving the kitchen.

This might seem simple, but it holds the potential for so much error. At the office where I work there are about six other magazines based in and using the same space… and the same kitchen. Plus, my team always gets everyone coffee or tea whenever they get some for themselves. In this one tiny space, I have the potential to embarrass myself not only in front of my team, but also in front of people that work for other magazines that I might want to work with in the future, you never know. I managed to avoid the space all last week, but on Tuesday I was working all day, so it was now or never. It took me a few minutes to build up the courage to go and get everyone coffee or tea. And… I did it! Complete success! This might sound extremely silly, but in a new environment and in a new culture—where tea is very important I might add—I have the amazing ability to work myself up over the smallest things, that looking back, are actually quite humorous. Fears are made to be conquered, no matter how small they may seem.

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Posted in: London, England, Internships in London, Internships Abroad, Goals Abroad

What It's Like to Be a Journalism Student and Magazine Lover Across the Pond

Aug 24, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Kelly Allen

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

In this week's post, Kelly expresses her love for magazines and recaps what London has in store for budding journalists making their way across the pond.

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As a journalist, or a writer in general, there are a few must-see and do experiences in London. Whether you’re interested in newspapers, magazines, or simply publishing, there are a few things worth checking out.

Stylist MagazineA copy of Stylist Magazine.

If you’re really into magazines as I am, it’s imperative you buy up the UK versions of the US magazines you love the most or vice versa. I snatched up British Cosmopolitan not too long after landing in the country. I also checked out Elle, Marie Claire, and Vogue. It’s quite intriguing to compare the UK and US versions of the same magazine. Cosmopolitan is one of my absolute favorite magazines, so I knew the US version well enough to notice how different it is from the UK one. Although they are two branches of the same brand, they each put a heavier focus on different verticals of the magazine. Checking out UK magazines that you can only find in the UK, like Hello! Fashion Magazine, is something worthwhile, too.

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Posted in: London, England, Personal Learning, Goals Abroad

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time Abroad with CAPA

Mar 2, 2018 1:30:00 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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Studying abroad with CAPA was a unique and exciting experience for me. I knew going into it that CAPA was unlike other program providers. Here are some of my tips for how to make the most of your experience studying abroad with CAPA!

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1. Get to know the CAPA staff

After going on the CAPA Florence program a few years ago and now working at CAPA, I can assure you that the CAPA staff in all of our centers are fantastic. Each and every staff member is friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to assist you! They will be able to help you navigate the city, share some non-touristy restaurants and attractions, and overall be a helping hand and great resource throughout the semester.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Goals Abroad, Study Abroad

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, Activities Abroad, Goals 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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