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, Activities Abroad, Holidays Abroad

A Day in the Life of a CAPA London Intern

Dec 14, 2018 11:30:00 AM / by Savannah Bernard

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

An Interview with My Ganzo! Family

Dec 12, 2018 7:00:14 PM / by Payton Meyer

What better way to learn about Florence than by turning to the locals? In this week's post, Payton interviews Giacomo, Sabrina, and Bianca from her Ganzo! family in Florence and gets their perspective on Florentine culture, food, things to do in the city, and cultural insights.

At this point in the semester, I feel like I’ve gotten to know my Ganzo! family pretty well, and, since they speak such good English, I thought I’d ask them a few questions for my blog this week and get some perspective on things from the locals here. To jog your memory: Giacomo and Sabrina, the parents, are both journalists, and Bianca is their 16-year-old daughter. Gregorio, the 13-year old son, decided to sit this one out. Here are some of the things we discussed during my last visit, over a huge pan of tiramisu that Sabrina made (she may have caught on that it’s my favorite!)

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture, Cultural Differences, Cultural Immersion

How CAPA Programs Inform You About Diverse Global Realities

Dec 12, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Ellen Anderson

In this week's post, Ellen Anderson discusses a My Global Cities event she attended by Dr. Fiona McEwen on the effect of war and displacement on the mental health of Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon, and discusses how learning more about this topic impacts her own perspectives.

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Posted in: London, England, International Education, My Global City

Finding Christmas in London

Dec 11, 2018 7:22:45 PM / by Genevieve Rice

In this week's post, Genevieve gets into the holiday spirit and shows us London's yuletide joy and Christmas trees! Check out what it's like in the city during this season, how the markets are decked out, and why having a community in London makes this all so much special.

As winter closes around London, the sun seems to disappear for days at a time. The buildings are cloaked in clouds and fog, and a light misting rain constantly settles on my cheeks and eyelashes. Sunset officially begins before I leave my internship or class for the day. These last weeks, I have found myself walking down the streets in the dark more than in the daylight. All of these things, from the rain to the short days are characteristic of the winter season. It’s actually one of the reasons that I chose to study abroad in the fall and not the spring. I love the beginning of winter and all that the changing season means. Since it's officially December, I can be frank: it’s Christmas season!

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Posted in: London, England, Local Culture, Holidays Abroad

What Studying in London Has Helped Me Learn About Myself

Dec 11, 2018 10:22:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

On the topic of personal change, realizations, and music, Maisie takes a moment to tell us what she has learned about herself over the course of her semester in London. 

There is no doubt in my mind that I will return home a changed person. This is what is called a "cliché", but it is also what is called the truth. In a mock interview for my internship class, I was asked if other people might notice these changes. I said I didn’t want to think about that.

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Posted in: London, England, Why Study Abroad, Personal Learning, Reflection

How Working on My 'Zine of Gigs in London Helped Me Make Amazing Memories

Dec 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Maisie Haney

In today's post, Maisie shares how she makes memories by attending music gigs in London and compiling her film photos in zines. Zines are almost like a diary, where one can put together their favorite memories. Check out what Maisie is doing for hers!

Before I even came to London, I began my engulfing obsession of zines. I bought too many zines, I made long lists of zines I would make if I would ever stop being lazy, and I often straightened the zine section at my internship because I loved them oh so much. There is something so good and honest about a zine—it’s almost like someone’s sketchbook, all of the markings made in an effort to figure out what the artist wants to do. A zine is like a diary. Zines are so nice, you should pick one up sometime.

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

Affordable Activities for Students in London: Explore the Museums

Dec 7, 2018 9:20:00 AM / by Christopher Halka

With an abundance of things to do in London, Christopher suggests a highly affordable activity for students: visiting museums! In this week's post, he lays out why you should stop by several museums in London (with FREE entry!), what his favorites have been so far, and how CAPA field trips have been enriching for his courses abroad.

During my semester in London, I found that one of my favorite hobbies has been touring the many different museums located here in the city. Growing up, I was always a fan of educating myself through the stimulating visual and sensory learning experience in a museum. Living 30 minutes from New York City by train, I spent much of my childhood inside some form of a museum, and the same can be said for my time spent here in London.

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Posted in: London, England, Activities Abroad, Budgeting, Tips

How to Take Ownership of Your Personal and Professional Development Abroad

Dec 6, 2018 11:43:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Let’s be honest: studying abroad is an incredible experience, but it’s not an automatic ticket to landing a job when you graduate. Yes, listing an international internship, for example, can make your resume stand out in an inbox full of applications, but it’s not until you learn how to talk about your experience in a meaningful way that your future employer’s ears will really perk up. And it’s not until you take ownership of your experience—by learning how to recognize, pursue, and nurture the skills that are key to your personal and professional development while you’re abroad—that you’ll be able to do that.

One of CAPA’s five Student Learning and Development Outcomes(SLDOs), set for those studying abroad in all of our cities, is a focus on personal and professional development.

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Posted in: International Education, Professional Development, Internships Abroad, Study Abroad, Barcelona, Spain, Dublin, Ireland, London, England, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shanghai, China

My Internship with Photobox Group

Dec 4, 2018 5:05:00 PM / by Maisie Haney

In today's post, Maisie talks about diving into research for the big internship project she worked on with the Photobox Group. See what she learned along the way through the ups and downs, as well as what she loved about her overall experience.

I have been saving this—a post about my internship at Photobox Group— after our huge project would have come to a close. You know nothing about this project yet, but what I can sure tell you is that there was no project in the end, and this post will outline a series of work my supervisor and I did that cannot be used any longer. We are pretty bummed, but we also are very optimistic about the next year (no worries, y’all).

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


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