Experiencing the National Day of Catalonia in Spain

Sep 24, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Amaia Rioseco

Amaia Rioseco

Amaia Rioseco is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Visual Media Arts major at Emerson College, she is studying abroad in Barcelona this semester.

In this week's vlog, Amaia shows us scenes from the National Day of Catalonia and talks about her experience that day in Barcelona.

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Thanks, Amaia!

Amaia's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Orientation, Barcelona, Spain, Activities Abroad

Getting to Know Barcelona for the First Time

Sep 17, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Amaia Rioseco

Amaia Rioseco

Amaia Rioseco is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Visual Media Arts major at Emerson College, she is studying abroad in Barcelona this semester.

In this week's vlog, Amaia takes us along on CAPA Barcelona's orientation with her classmates as they tour the city together.

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Thanks, Amaia!

Amaia's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Orientation, Barcelona, Spain, Activities Abroad

Understanding the Irish Way of Life, Culture, and Academic System

Sep 14, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Jessica Kisluk

Jessica Kisluk

Jessica Kisluk is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Broadcasting and Mass Communication major at  SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Jessica learns about the culture in Ireland and experiences the new cultural insights and differences firsthand.

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The day of arrival was honestly one of the longest days of my life. I spent over 24 hours awake, as I did not sleep on the plane, and did not have a chance to take a short nap until after the long process. That night, I got a long 12 hours of sleep and I felt like a new person.

CAPA Dublin Orientation Landing PackReceived my Landing Pack with information for the week.

Tuesday included a lot of valuable information about classes, the university, and cultural norms. At our CAPA orientation, Dr. Darren Kelly explained to the group that grading in Ireland is a little bit different. The highest score you can get is a 70, and a 40 is a passing grade. We were also told that if a professor says that certain things are required, it is probably the bare minimum to pass the class, and not what is required to get an ‘A’ grade. Classes are not selected months before as it is done in the United States—they are selected within the first two weeks of the semester, which may cause some people to be anxious. This was important information that would help the American students from confusion over the course of the semester.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Cultural Insights, Orientation

How I Overcame Several Travel Hiccups On My Way to Florence

Sep 13, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Payton Meyer

Payton Meyer

Payton Meyer is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Strategic Communication major at  University of Colorado Boulder, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Payton recalls the obstacles she faced on her way to Florence and shares how she overcame them and arrive for orientation.

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I’m finally starting to settle in to my new home here after arriving in Italy late Friday night. I’m writing this from the kitchen table in my quaint 3rd floor apartment that’s just 5 minutes from the train station, and about a 20-minute scenic walk to the CAPA Florence center. Florence is even more breathtaking than I imagined it would be, and I absolutely love my apartment and all 6 of my flatmates, but getting to this point wasn’t so easy.

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

I made a few little stops in both Iceland and London before arriving in Italy for the semester, resulting in me arriving very late at night, rather than during the day as CAPA had wanted us to do. The CAPA Florence staff was very understanding and helpful when I told them this, and planned to check me in the next morning, before our 10am orientation. I thought I would just take the 8:05am train from Rosano, where I stayed with my parents in a medieval countryside Airbnb, and arrive in Florence at 8:45am, at which point I would take a taxi over to CAPA and get my apartment keys so I could drop my luggage off and head back over for the CAPA orientation. My journey into Florence, however, did not go exactly as planned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Arrival, Orientation

CAPA Orientation in Barcelona: Arriving and Exploring the City

Sep 13, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

Maya Crawford

Maya Crawford is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at  University of Massachusetts Lowell, she is studying abroad in Barcelona this semester.

In this week's post, Maya arrives in Barcelona to a CAPA orientation kicking off her first few activities while exploring the city.

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Several days ago, I experienced one of the craziest, most exciting, and terrifying days of my life. I left Boston and flew thousands of miles away to take part in CAPA Barcelona’s Fall semester. It was pretty hard to leave my loved ones behind for this long period of time. However once I got past all the tears (and there were A LOT of them), the excitement kicked in again and I couldn’t WAIT to land in Barcelona. Upon arrival in Barcelona, the first thing I noticed was how huge their central airport was. I have been to big airports before, but was surprised to see that Barcelona’s airport was much like a shopping mall with lots of places to eat and many stores. When I stepped off the plane, I saw massive amounts of people waiting by the departures exit holding signs, balloons, and presents for their loved ones who were arriving. I have only seen that in movies! Especially the amount of people there were waiting.

Exploring the City During Orientation

Finding my flat by taxi was easy, and in no time I was all moved in! My flatmates are very nice, and we all went out that night to find dinner and get to know each other a bit—but jet lag won this battle and we were all in bed by at least 8.30pm or 9pm. The next day was orientation.

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Posted in: Orientation, Barcelona, Spain, First Thoughts

Orientation Day in Florence and Learning About the City

Sep 11, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing and Supply Chain Management major at  University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Connor sets off on his first day in Florence through a CAPA orientation and tour of the historic city.

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Arriving at the CAPA center on the day of my arrival in Florence was surreal. After the exhausting travel and long hours on the plane I was finally in Florence and ready to start my journey. The CAPA building looked beautiful and the CAPA staff greeted me with open arms; they made me feel right at home immediately.

Stepping Out in Florence

On orientation day I was able to find the CAPA Florence center from my apartment, which is a beautiful 10-minute walk passing countless markets, restaurants, and stores. The CAPA staff walked us through different tips for adjusting to living in a different country and being in a new environment. We discussed stereotypes American students get while in Italy, and how to avoid being a part of the negative ones. We want to be respectful to both the Italian people and culture while we are staying here.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Orientation

Shanghai: A City Like No Other

Mar 6, 2018 1:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Jolena is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance and International Business major at University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Jolena gets acquainted with Shanghai and shares her observations about this big city.

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It's been a week and a day since arriving in Shanghai and things have been pretty wild. But at this point in time I'd like to say that I feel pretty integrated which is surprising. I didn't think I'd get the hang of things this early on.

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The first couple of days we had CAPA orientation. We were shown around campus and the city and were briefed on our classes for the semester. We got to know where to buy our basic necessities, and we ate good local food! We ended the four-day "orientation" by going to the Bund—probably the most iconic view of Shanghai.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Orientation, First Thoughts

Orientation Day in Buenos Aires

Mar 5, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Claire Shrader_Buenos Aires_Headshot.jpgClaire Shrader is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Pre-Occupational Therapy major at Mississippi College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Claire wakes up to a different morning experience in Buenos Aires and gets to know her new campus and fellow classmates during orientation.

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Though I've woken up to the incredible knowledge that I'm in Buenos Aires every morning for the past nine days, this morning was different. This morning I woke up and wasn't quite sure where I was, until I sat up and remembered that yesterday afternoon I moved from my host family from high school's home across the city to live closer to the university I'll be attending starting next week. This morning orientation started.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - Universidad Austral Sign.jpgA sign of my campus location!

For me, this morning looked like café con leche with pan tostado covered in dulce de leche, and a sweet hour of quiet time to read a devotional. After two months at home and then this past week with my Argentine family, it felt strange to be alone in the morning. Mornings in my house are a time to sit and be together, to enjoy coffee on the couch, to discuss our plans for the day. It felt kind of lonely to sit alone. But as I made café con leche, trying hard to make it taste as good as it does when my host mom makes it, I could see other city dwellers going about their own morning routines from the big windows in the kitchen. We were all going about our morning separately, and alone, but that window made it feel not lonely, after all.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Orientation

Arriving in Florence: Exploring Our Beautiful Home

Sep 14, 2016 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/295384/CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Fall2016_Kayla_Sides_Square_Profile.jpgKayla Sides is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A psychology major, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester through the custom program at Norco College.

In this week's post, Kayla takes us on an orientation tour through the city, shares her first impressions and shows us her apartment for the semester.

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Greetings! As I am finally relaxing and taking a break from the hustle and bustle of orientation festivities, so I decided to give you guys a recap of my journey and arrival in Florence!

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I headed over to Riverside City College around 10am on Wednesday and waited around with the other students and staff until it was time to go to the airport. After the hour long bus ride, we arrived at the Tom Bradley terminal (I think that’s what it’s called). We waited a while for everyone to meet, but eventually we went through the check-in/security process like champs. By this time, we still had four hours to go before our flight left, so we walked around, ate some food, and talked about everything we were excited about!

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy, Arrival, Orientation

Arriving in London & Study Abroad Orientation

Sep 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2016_From_Katrina_Katie_Deisler_-_Profile.jpgKatrina Deisler is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A student at Rollins College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Katrina shares her experience of arriving in London and her thoughts as she attended orientation, explored her neighborhood and started to settle in to life in the city.

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After a long day in airports, I arrived in London early Tuesday morning. After meeting up with friends from my home school, we jumped in a cab (with my massive amount of luggage), and headed to our new home. I was pleasantly surprised by our flat! I was expecting something small and dingy and our flat, while close quarters, is bright and open (one of the larger flats in the building), with skylights that let in the sunshine. One thing that surprised me was the lack of air conditioning, which is standard in the UK. It was pretty warm while moving in, but since then I’ve never felt too hot or uncomfortable without AC.

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Photo: Exploring Piccadilly Circus

After unpacking, my roommate and I attended the CAPA-led walking tour of the neighborhood. While the tour was short, it really helped me get my bearings and feel more at ease knowing that everything I needed was just steps outside my door (one of the first things I had to scope out was the nail salon, of course). Our apartment is located just above a grocery store meaning I don’t have to lug my groceries for a long walk or on public transportation. I’ve heard very similar feedback from other CAPA students. While the accommodations and flats themselves are always different (even within the same building), CAPA does really well making sure all students have access to the same amenities near their flats.

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Posted in: London, England, Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Arrival, Orientation

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