Top 10 Takeaways From a Fall Semester in London

Dec 28, 2018 9:51:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

Want some advice from someone who's been there and done that in London? In her final post, Maisie counts down her top 10 takeaways from her time abroad. Read on to anticipate and prepare for activities abroad such as visiting art exhibitions, attending music shows, and finding a late night place to study. Are you ready to see what's in store? The countdown starts now.

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

Finding Hope in Endings

Dec 28, 2018 9:03:00 AM / by Genevieve Rice

In her final post, Genevieve sees the silver lining in finishing her semester in London. After studying abroad for several months, the city is now a part of her. She talks through taking time to say goodbyes, making one last round to all her favorite spots, and how she's easing into life back home in the US.

Three months ago, I stood at the top of the escalator in the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, pausing to hug my parents goodbye. I was walking into a new reality, one of busy days, fast underground trains, and the most self-discovery I have ever undertaken. Three days ago, I stood on that same airport escalator, this time going down to my parents waiting on the ground floor. I saw them before they saw me, or rather I saw them before they recognized me. That’s right, my own parents didn’t recognize me—probably because I have much darker hair now and was wearing a different color than they thought I was. But that doesn’t change the fact that they stared at me for a full 30 seconds before they realized it was me. 

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Posted in: London, England, Why Study Abroad

Reflections on Study Abroad During my Last Moments in London

Dec 26, 2018 10:01:00 AM / by Ellen Anderson

In this week's post, Ellen Anderson reflects on her semester in London, discussing highlights, how she's grown, and what her semester abroad means to her. She also shares some thoughtful advice for future CAPA London students, so make sure to watch!

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

My Time with a Local Film-Lovers Club in London

Dec 25, 2018 9:09:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

In this week's post, Maisie talks about the local film club she joined in London and the memorable movies she has watched. She also tells us more about her friend Steven from Deeper Into Movies, who is passionate about bringing people and their film interests together, as well as various outlets to express your love for movies.

Dear World,

This is my final blog post I will be writing while in the city of London. Crazy stuff. To bid this city farewell, I will tell you about one of my new friends that I will be leaving behind. This friend, Steven, is a fellow movie buff who screens films in various locations simply because he loves film and also money. If you share our interests, I advise you come on down to a Deeper Into Movies event screening, either at the Moth Club, Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, and perhaps other newer locations by the time there are more kiddos at CAPA.

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture

Highlights of the Academic Environment of CAPA

Dec 21, 2018 3:13:00 PM / by Christopher Halka

Did you know that classes at CAPA involve both learning inside and outside the classroom? In this week's post, Christopher goes through why he enjoys this style of learning and his overall highlights of the semester. Take a look at what else CAPA London has to offer!

Over the course of this semester I (as part of the CAPA program) would meet for classroom sections in the CAPA building which was located in Kensington off of Cromwell Road. Luckily, this semester I was one of the students who lived in the Longridge apartments so fortunately I had the privilege of walking to class from my flat every morning. Ranging on where CAPA places you in your living situation, a student’s commute will range from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. My housing accommodation allowed me to get a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning since I had the opportunity to leave my building 10 minutes before class and still make it on time.

Located in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the CAPA building is located in one of the more posh areas in London, and the architectural style of the building dons a Georgian style—which is very uniformed for all the buildings in this area.

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Posted in: London, England, International Education

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Studied Abroad

Dec 19, 2018 10:55:00 AM / by Ellen Anderson

In this week's post, Ellen Anderson and some of her CAPA London classmates share with future students what they wish someone had told them before they studied abroad in London.

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

On Being an American in Britain in 2018

Dec 18, 2018 11:43:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

How do you react when people realize you are an American abroad? In this week's post, Maisie touches on the experience of standing out in London and the various interactions she's had with Brits about the US. She also attends a gig featuring Shame, a band from South London, and shares some music!

As an American abroad, I do feel I stick out like a sore thumb. It’s something I’ve mentioned before, but the accent is a signal for strangers to ask “Where are you from?” They expect only two answers really, but I am fairly sure they already know I am American based on whatever behavior they dislike at that moment. This is the conversation I have with strangers who talk to me about where I am from:

Oh, where in the States are you from?
I’m from Orlando, Florida. Have you ever been there on holiday?

Oh wow, you must hate this cold !!!!!!!!!! Trump is so hilarious and not at all concerning! In addition, the Big Apple (haha New York).

As an American, I think many English people are eager to talk to me about my thoughts on Trump’s presidency, and they seem to carry the conversation as if we are talking about Lindsay Lohan.

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture

Hard Goodbyes: The Bittersweet End of Semester Abroad

Dec 17, 2018 2:22:00 PM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's post, Genevieve prepares to bid farewell to London, her internship experience, and her semester abroad—but not before getting through finals week! She also talks about how professor Mike Punter and his classes have left a mark on her and why she will miss this experience tremendously.

It’s the final week in London. Currently, everyone is wrapping up their last exams and papers, as well as trying to squeeze every last memory out of our time here. It’s become small talk to ask, ‘How are you feeling about going home?’ to whoever sits beside you in class. The answers are varied, but the general consensus is ready for a break, but not ready to leave London. We have each made a space for ourselves in this fast city, and who knows if who we have created ourselves to be here will even carry back home. For me, the last day at my internship was when the fact that I am leaving on Saturday became real. I had to say goodbye to friends, the building, and the role that I enjoyed. The internship had been a connection to the future that I want, but that isn’t a reality yet.

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Posted in: London, England, International Education

Making New Memories While Celebrating Traditions Abroad

Dec 14, 2018 11:34:00 AM / by Christopher Halka

Feeling a sense of community is one way to make the holidays special abroad. Christopher talks about making memories with friends as he celebrates his birthday at the top of the Shard in London and Thanksgiving with his flatmates this holiday season. 

In this week’s post I am going to be discussing how I have continued following certain holiday traditions over the past couple weeks and how my experiences of celebrating them in a different environment has created lasting memories. They will be some of the best experiences of my semester.

The first tradition I continued with celebrating was American Thanksgiving. In America, I typically celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, friends, and relatives. We watch football, each delicious food, and reconnect through conversations. However, since Thanksgiving is an American holiday I spent the day by working at my internship site for the full day, which was something I had never experienced before and was very interesting. After 5:30 came around I returned back to my flat where I then celebrated “Flatsgiving” with roughly 20 other of the people living in our building.

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture

A Day in the Life of a CAPA London Intern

Dec 14, 2018 11:30:00 AM / by CAPA Study Abroad Ambassadors

In this post, CAPA Alumna Savannah Bernard walks us through a day in her life as a study abroad student and intern in London!

I was so fortunate to be able to not only take classes abroad through my CAPA program but also try my hand at a real job through my internship. I am a Journalism major specializing in Strategic Communications at the University of Missouri – Columbia, and I got to test out my skills in the real world. I worked as a public relations and political relations intern at one of London’s leading media agencies, PLMR. I worked around 20 hours a week along with my normal class schedule.

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