Thoughts from the Parents of a Study Abroad Alumna

Jan 23, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

An Interview with Jerry & Nanette Whittington

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Meet Jerry and Nanette Whittington, parents of Ashley Whittington a biology / pre-chiropractic major from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York, who studied abroad in Sydney during summer 2016. Below, they share their initial thoughts when Ashley brought up the topic of studying abroad, some of their concerns as parents and a few of the ways they've noticed that Ashley has changed and matured since her experience in Australia.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourselves.
JERRY WHITTINGTON: Being the best dad in the world, I was born in Buffalo. I Lived in West Falls, NY for over 20 years and landed in the Town Of Sardinia, NY for the remainder. I work for the Department of Homeland Security in the Emergency Management Field. I also work part time for the East Aurora Police Department as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher. In addition, I serve as the Emergency Manager in the Town of Sardinia. My hobbies include caring for my farm and horses, and firefighting, which I have done for over 20 years.
NANETTE WHITTINGTON: I grew up in West Seneca, NY. Having some college experience, I have worked in the medical and office fields my whole life. I am currently an office manager for a design firm. Some of my hobbies & interests are my family, scrapbooking/crafts, traveling and spending time at home.

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A Post Study Abroad Interview with a CAPA Alumna's Mom

Oct 24, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

An Interview with Nancy Carey - Parent of a Study Abroad Alumna

Photo: Nancy in Alaska on a trip with her mother

Meet Nancy Carey, who is interviewed by her daughter Liz Carey, a CAPA alumna. Liz studied abroad in Dublin during Spring semester 2016. Nancy is a Senior Budget Advisor for Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut. She has been traveling for a long time now and has spent time traveling as a family too, especially with Liz. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and reading when she gets the chance. Below, she speaks to Liz about her thoughts when Liz brought up her desire to study abroad, the importance of travel in the world today and some of the personal and professional changes she's noticed in Liz since she returned from Ireland.

Photo: Nancy and Liz together in NY

LIZ CAREY: As a mom, what were some of the initial thoughts you had when I first mentioned studying abroad in Dublin?
NANCY CAREY: I was very excited that this would be a great opportunity for you. I was happy that you had the opportunity to do an internship and to take classes abroad.

LC: That’s it?
NC: Yeah, well, I mean I was proud of you for being accepted and being able to go.

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Study Abroad: How to be a Supportive Parent

Jun 20, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

An Interview with Kathleen O'Hara - Parent of a Study Abroad Student


Working with international students has given Kathleen O'Hara an open-minded and positive perspective on study abroad. Knowing the benefits of overseas travel from personal experience, she was thrilled when her daughter Liz Hendry decided to spend a semester in Buenos Aires. And when Liz decided to stay on for a second semester in Argentina, Kathleen understood and supported her because she had watched her grow both personally and professionally. Below, she talks about what it's like to be a parent to a study abroad student, some of the challenges she's faced in the process and her advice to others who are looking ahead to a similar journey.

Study Abroad - How To Be A Supportive Parent

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
KATHLEEN O'HARA: I work as an adjunct professor teaching business communications, ESL (English as a Second Language), technical writing and marketing writing courses. Currently, I am teaching international students business communications and customer service courses. My passion is teaching international students; I learn so much about their culture and they are fabulous students. One of the reasons I am thrilled that Liz is studying abroad with CAPA is because I know it will be a life changing and mind expanding experience. I constantly witness the benefits of studying abroad through my international students.

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Study Abroad: The Parents' Perspective

May 16, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

A Joint Interview with Debbie and Ed Taylor - Parents of a Study Abroad Student


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