The Empowering Experience of Studying, Interning, and Living Abroad

Jul 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM / 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 her last post, Claire reflects on her study abroad, international internship, and living experiences in Buenos Aires, and how the past few months will color a lot of her life and friendships.

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It’s so easy for people to ask, “Oh my gosh how was your semester abroad?!” but the answer is so complex.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - Saying Goodbye to Buenos AiresEnjoying some Coca-Cola with my friends before we say goodbye to Argentina!

It was amazing, in so many ways: amazing to get to use my Spanish in new settings, amazing to have an international internship and to learn how to work in the Argentine work environment, amazing to build community and to get to know people I met on my high school trips in a deeper way.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Personal Learning, Reflection

The Idea of Exploring a New City is Exciting

Jun 21, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Hannah Hardenbergh

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Hannah Hardenbergh is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An American History and Literature major at Harvard College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hannah writes about her reasons for studying abroad in Florence, why she loves exploring this city, and how this experience will increase her love of art.

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Hello! Welcome to this summer’s study abroad adventure in Florence, Italy. I am excited to share with you all my time and the many things I will be doing! Here goes.

View of Florence from San Miniato al MonteA view of the city of Florence from San Miniato al Monte.

To start off, I decided to study abroad for a couple of reasons. First, I have not traveled that much on my own, and the idea of having my own space where I could explore a new city on my own was really exciting. I liked the sound of having a schedule for classes that was challenging but not overbearing, leaving room for personal time to draw, write, and travel on my own. Second, I wanted to continue exploring my excitement for the arts and culture, and what better place to do so than in the soul of centuries-old art and monumental history!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Classes, Personal Learning

My Favorite Buenos Aires Experiences So Far

Jun 4, 2018 10:30:00 AM / 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 enters into her fourth month in Buenos Aires and reflects on creating roots and relationships in this city.

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I had to laugh today because I saw a group of backpackers, dreadlocks pulled back with thick fabric headbands, hiking pants obviously going on a few uses and, unsurprisingly, all with Nalgene water bottles almost exactly the same as mine.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - Visiting Teatro Colon with FriendsVisiting Teatro Colon!

My water bottle is a novelty here. Sometimes I’m called, “Claire with the bottle” because people are so just not used to seeing water bottles, and especially not Nalgenes, which are massive. I guess I look a little something like those adventurous vagabonds wandering through the city with wonder in my eyes and a walk that obviously isn’t exactly sure where I’m going. And my water bottle, of course.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Personal Learning, Reflection

A CAPA Chat: Blending In Nicely with Ireland

May 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Brandon is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Political Science major at Clark University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Brandon chats with Hayley Ni Bhriain from CAPA Dublin on his semester and internship abroad in Dublin, as well as his impressions of Ireland and its friendly people.

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This week's post is an opportunity for the tables to be turned and have a local ask me about my time so far in this charming city of Dublin. Hayley Ni Bhriain, Senior Program Coordinator at CAPA Dublin, has kindly agreed to interview and chat with me about my thoughts and impressions of the city, country, and my study abroad program.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2018_From Brandon Mooney - St. Stephen's Green on a Sunny Day

HAYLEY NI BHRIAIN: Why did you choose to study abroad in Ireland? Why did you choose CAPA specifically?
BRANDON MOONEY: I chose to study abroad in Ireland because I had some family from here, so I was really interested in that part of my family history. I had also spoken to some students at my home university who had been to Ireland on this program and they spoke about how friendly and welcoming the people and environment was. They also said that Ireland was a European country but was also distinct and by itself. I chose the CAPA program because it was the only one available for Ireland, but I spoke to a lot of CAPA representatives before I chose the program and they were very on top of things and receptive to my needs, so I felt secure in my choice.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Personal Learning, Dublin Interviews

Reflecting on a Semester Abroad in Shanghai

Dec 21, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Sarah is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Fashion Retail and Merchandising major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Sarah reflects on her time in Shanghai and shares how she grew and what she learned.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Study Abroad, Personal Learning

A Reflection on My Heritage and Time in Poland

Dec 20, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Thaddeus is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Thaddeus leaves London for Poland to visit and learn more about his heritage and the rich history in this European country.

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For the final full weekend of my time at CAPA, I decided to take a trip to Poland since I come from Polish heritage! It is the first time that someone with my namesake has traveled back to the country since my great-great-grandfather in the mid-1950's. My grandfather was originally from Krakow, however, I also took the time to visit Warsaw and Gdansk.

Christmas market in Krakow, Poland.

In Krakow, the city feels like a small town mixed with modern architecture centered around the Old Town section which was established around the 13th century - as with most Old Town boroughs through Poland.

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Posted in: London, England, Identity, Personal Learning

On the Spot: A Local Asks Me About Florence and My Experience

Nov 27, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Celess is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Riverside City College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Celess is interviewed by CAPA Florence's Valentina Lazzerini on her time in Florence and her perspective on Italian culture.

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Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Personal Learning, Florence Interviews

5 Life-Changing Study Abroad Experiences in Sydney

Nov 24, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Hanna is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing, Finance, and International Business major at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Hanna connects with 5 of her study abroad friends and hear about their experiences and memories abroad.

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I can not stop thinking about Sydney and my study abroad experience! I also often think about people I met during the CAPA program and what they think about the impact studying abroad in Sydney had on them. I decided to check in with some of my friends and see how they are doing and what their study abroad experience was like.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2017_From Hanna Okhrimchuk - Mitch Wesoly and Ashley Wilson during Family Dinners.jpgMitchell Wesoly and Yaz Ketcherside at their "family dinners" formed with their study abroad friends.

Get to know Mitchell Wesoly, Yaz Ketcherside, Kellie Reardon, Ashley Wilson, and fellow Fall 2017 CAPA vlogger Nicole Anderson. They're from all over the U.S. and study in different colleges. See what they had to say below about their time in Sydney!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Personal Learning, Sydney Interviews

On the Spot: A Dubliner Asks How Ireland Surprised Me

Nov 24, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Tylor is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Communication major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Tylor is asked by CAPA Dublin's Susanne Bach about her expectations of Ireland and how Dublin compares to the U.S.

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Thanks Tylor!

Tylor's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Personal Learning, Dublin Interviews

On the Spot: A Sydney Local Asks Me About Australia

Nov 15, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Nicole is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing & International Business major at Villanova University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Nicole is interviewed on the spot by CAPA Sydney's Richard Cooper on her notions about Sydney and the culture she's come to know.

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Thanks Nicole!

Nicole's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Personal Learning, Sydney Interviews

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