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The Things I'll Take With Me from My Second Home

Aug 14, 2017 3:30:00 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 her last post, Cat tells us the top 10 things she learned from her expeirence in Dublin.

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Let's be real. I've gotten countless life lessons, experiences and rewards from studying abroad in Dublin this summer. Here are the most important takeaways I've identified. Study abroad and you're sure to gain the same.

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1. Cultural Intelligence

Before this trip I had so many misconceptions about Ireland and its culture. After living in the heart of Dublin for several months I can now understand and identify with the jokes, the hardships, everything.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Life After Study Abroad, Reflection

My Top 10 Takeaways from My Experience in Dublin

Aug 9, 2017 3:30:00 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 her last post, Madeline reflects on what she learned in Dublin, and tries to condense it to her top ten takeaways from her experience.

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It is surreal to be back home after living my life in Dublin for the past 10 weeks. It seems like everything I see or do reminds me about my journey and the life I was living. I already miss Ireland more than I thought I would. I also miss the amazing people I met along the way. Being back in the States makes me think about all of the things I was lucky enough to experience, and also everything I learned while independently living in another country. I learned an incredible amount of lessons while abroad, and while it’s difficult to narrow it down, I’ve listed my top ten takeaways from the experience that may help a future study abroad student.

1. Take time for yourself to recharge

I learned early on that in order to be able to see and do everything I wanted to, I had to take time out to recuperate from previous travels. We are so busy every day with work, class, homework, and personal travel, that it’s hard to remember to take care of yourself. But it’s important to get an adequate amount of sleep, eat right, and relax every once in a while, to be able to enjoy yourself more.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Life After Study Abroad

On Being Thankful for the Opportunity of a Lifetime

Jul 13, 2017 12:30:00 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 her last post, Shayanna reflects on her time abroad and how it has made her a happier and more confident person.

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Welcome to my last blog, readers!

It’s certainly been a crazy six weeks living Down Under.

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Photo: Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Life After Study Abroad

Reflecting on Florence: Why I'm Glad I Studied Abroad

Jul 11, 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 her last post, Jiwon tells us how she's grown because of her study abroad experience, and the memories that she'll take with her.

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So this is going to be my last post and I don’t know how to feel about it. When I first arrived in Florence and entered the CAPA center, I thought 6 weeks would be long. But it was over so quickly.

When I first applied to CAPA my goal was to get an internship and see art pieces I had learned in my art history class to really feel why they are so loved and well known. Because staying in Florence for a short period and my lack of experience I wasn't able to get an internship. Without an internship, I thought study abroad would be more like a vacation, as I wasn’t expecting much for the class. But I was so wrong. First I met my new friends:

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Photo: we were imitating The Last Supper!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Life After Study Abroad

Coming Home: How Buenos Aires Has Changed Me

Jun 26, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In her last post, Elizabeth reflects on her favorite places in Buenos Aires and what she learned during her semester abroad.

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My time abroad has finally come to an end, and after a 20-odd hour plane ride and a few days at home unpacking, getting my job back, and reconnecting with family and friends, I’ve had some time to adjust to life in Pittsburgh.  Leaving and coming back always makes me see my hometown, and the US in general, through a slightly different lens.  This time, I noticed how plain and sparse the skyscrapers downtown seemed compared with the architecture of Buenos Aires.  Riding through the city on my way home from the airport, I passed by some of the various restaurants, bars, and boats I’d worked long hours in over the past few years, and began to reflect on yet another way the study abroad experience has influenced me: my career goals.

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Photo: Buenos Aires from the airplane window.  I’ll miss you!

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Life After Study Abroad

Vlog: My Homecoming and How I've Grown

Jun 22, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Niah Humphreys Square.jpgNiah Humphrey is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major with a minor in Spanish at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Niah heads home after her semester abroad, and shares with us how she's changed.

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Thanks, Niah!

Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Life After Study Abroad

Reviewing the Past 4 Months in Dublin

Jun 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Fall2016_Sarah Kaplan Profile Square.jpgSarah Kaplan is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A screen studies major with a concentration in film/media production at Clark University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In her last video, Sarah Kaplan reminisces on her time abroad in Dublin after returning home.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Life After Study Abroad

Life Back in the US After Life Abroad in Dublin

Jun 5, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_Michela Mickaluck Square.jpgMichela Mickaluck is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A public relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In her final post, Michela talks about what her life is like now that she is back home after her program.

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Thanks, Michela!

Michela's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Life After Study Abroad

Reminiscing on My Time in Dublin and Making More Memories

Jun 2, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_From Nathan Overlock - Profile Photo (Choice 1).jpgNathan Overlock is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A professional writing and information design major at Cedarville University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In his last post, Nathan tells us what he managed to do during his last week in Ireland, and how he prepared to return home.

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The mix of emotions after a long spring studying abroad are similar to what I’ve felt after a year at school. Relief after a week of cramming and exams. Satisfaction after a semester well spent. Excitement about returning home to spend the summer with my fiancee. And a small pang of sadness about leaving behind the places, people and activities that made up my home for 4 months.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Life After Study Abroad

Homecoming: The Unfamiliar Familiar

May 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In her last video, Natalie talks about coming home and some things that surprised her once she arrived back home.

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Thanks Natalie!

Natalie's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Life After Study Abroad