Comparing My Semester in Florence to Friends' in Madrid and Paris

Nov 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Payton Meyer

In this week's post, Payton talks about visiting her friends over fall break in Madrid and Paris, and shares what their study abroad and daily experiences are like over there compared to hers in Florence, as well what she has learned about herself thus far.

Ciao! I just got back into the swing of things after an amazing fall break spent visiting Paris, Amsterdam, and Madrid. I absolutely loved exploring, but, of course, started to miss Florence, and was ready to come home after a long week away. I stayed with friends that are also studying in Paris and Madrid, and it was really interesting to see how their experience differed from mine. Although there were a bunch of awesome things to appreciate about studying in those cities, it made me realize everything I love about CAPA and Florence, and why it’s such a perfect fit for me.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, Fall Break Abroad, Travel, Personal Learning, College Life, International Education

A CAPA Team Member and Student Talk About Life in London

Nov 7, 2018 12:33:00 PM / by Ellen Anderson

In this week's post, Ellen is interviewed by Andrew Rose, an internship coordinator at CAPA London, and discusses the differences between London and the US, the convenience of the Tube, meeting locals in London, and even social cultures in the workplace.

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Posted in: London, England, London Interview, Interviews, Study Abroad, Internships in London, Reflection, Personal Learning

Intern in London: An Inside Look at My Experience with Nursing Times

Nov 1, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Mariah Thomas

Mariah Thomas

Mariah is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Journalism major at SUNY Purchase College, she is studying abroad in London.

In today's post, Mariah shares about her internship experience with Nursing Times in London, how she tackled her increasing responsibilities, and what her favorite internship accomplishment is.

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Interning in London was a new and exhilarating experience. Other than the calm and comfortable atmosphere, I was able to connect with my colleagues and truly immerse myself in London’s working culture.

Red Telephone Booth Photo

I interned at Nursing Times, the largest nursing news website in the UK, located in Shoreditch, a very diverse and city-like neighborhood. My day usually consisted of sitting at a computer desk, researching press releases to report on, as well as getting emailed assignments from my supervisor and interviewing a variety of people in the nursing field.

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

My Top 10 Pivotal Moments from Studying Abroad in London

Oct 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Ryan Crotty

Ryan Crotty

Ryan is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Graphic Design major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London.

In her last post, Ryan outlines her top 10 takeaways from studying abroad in London and how they formed pivotal moments during her experience.

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Thinking back to my study abroad experience in London, it would not have been complete without my internship at emc3, my favorite class, and all the time spent in the city. Here are my top 10 takeaways from this studying abroad in London.

1. Workforce Culture

Outdoor in London

The first major takeaway I had from studying abroad was the difference in the culture of the workforce. While I had the opportunity to intern, I learned a lot about the fun atmosphere a UK office can contain. In the office, music was playing and everyone was extremely friendly and upbeat!

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Posted in: London, England, Top 10, Study Abroad, Reflection, Personal Learning

How I Grew Academically, Professionally, and Personally in Sydney

Oct 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Reflection, Academics Abroad, Internships in Sydney, Classes in Sydney, Personal Learning

A London Internship with emc3 in the Events and Experience Industry

Oct 4, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Ryan Crotty

Ryan Crotty

Ryan is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Graphic Design major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London.

In today's post, Ryan talks about what her overall internship experience was like with emc3, a company specializing in events and experience, as well as the duties she carried out and how she found her place there.

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While studying abroad in London for the summer, I have also had the wonderful opportunity to participate in an internship as well! Throughout the past weeks, I interned with emc3. emc3 is in the events industry and they work hard each day in areas of talent, design, marketing, and events. Their incredible work is what truly makes them “Experience Architects.” I have learned so much from the wonderful atmosphere they have at emc3. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming, and the office environment makes interning feel creative and new.

Inside the emc3 Office

The office is very modern and stunning to work in; with big windows and large workspaces it feels so open and inviting. The walls are a classic white with some pops of bright colors. There is always coffee available and a gorgeous table in the center where we all meet for lunch to catch up on how the day is going. I love the community they create in the office, and how they use color to evoke positivity in the design of the office space! I just can’t say enough how fantastic emc3 is!

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

Bridging the Gap: Theatrical Arts, Prisoners, and the Outside World

Oct 2, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

London ImageVideo by Natasha Wright, a BFA Acting major from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and CAPA London alum.

Natasha talks about her research project focusing on Synergy Theatre Project and their work with prisoners and former prisoners in the theater and arts space.

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Thanks, Natasha!

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Posted in: London, England, Academics Abroad, Human Rights, Theater, Art Abroad, Personal Learning, Reflection

What Studying Abroad in the UK Taught Us

Oct 1, 2018 2:26:51 PM / by admin

Three students, three different skin colors, three different accents and three different backgrounds all studying media literacy abroad while enriching themselves in a new culture.

One from Washington D.C., attending Portland State University, one from Egypt who is also attending Portland State University, and one from Washington who is affiliated with Portland State through an adjunct professor of Washington State University. Each one of us is in London, a new destination for all of us, to study the same subject and experience the same culture. Since we come from varying backgrounds, we have varying perspectives and consequently have each had different learning experiences. Here are 5 things that we have learned about the UK from a student perspective.

From left to right, Rachel Jones, Yohana Lewis, and Anna Nelson

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Posted in: London, England, Personal Learning, Cultural Differences, Classes in London, Diversity Abroad

3 Ways Study Abroad Helps You See the World Through a New Lens

Oct 1, 2018 10:26:34 AM / by Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Accounting major at Siena College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Christopher reveals three ways he's noticed his perspectives on school, life, and his own abilities had changed since beginning his CAPA London program. 

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So far, as I have completed roughly one quarter of the London Program, I have been fully immersed in the hustle and culture in one of the biggest cities in the entire world. My experiences both inside and outside of the classroom have given me a new inspiration of what it means to be a student. It has been a world of difference compared to my experience back at my university in the United States.

Me at StonehengeMe at Stonehenge

Going to school in upstate New York you often find yourself with a lot of free time on your hands and very few creative or adventurous outlets depending on the season; four months of the year there is permanent snow on the ground with constant winds and freezing temperatures. During these long winter months last year, I developed a habit of playing video games so much that it eventually cut into my study time for my classes. Back in my environment at school I often found myself in a cycle where I would be comfortable with not putting my best foot forward when came time to study for tests. My grades were reflective of my efforts, they were enough to meet my scholarship requirements, but they ultimately haven’t been what I have been striving for each semester (which is straight A’s). Now, my outlook towards classes is forever changing, so here are 3 areas where  I've seen my perspective changing this semester, and where yours might too!

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Posted in: London, England, Cultural Insights, Personal Learning

A Marketing Internship at Ordermentum in Sydney

Sep 29, 2018 11:30:00 AM / by Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Marketing and Global Management major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Sydney.

In today's post, Sydney talks about her marketing internship experience with software company Ordermentum, what her responsibilities were, and how she adjusted to the Australian work environment.

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While studying abroad in Sydney, I decided to do an internship along with my classes. Ordermentum is the company I intern with. It is a Software as a Service (SaaS) order management system for wholesalers and distributors in the food and beverage industry (specifically coffee, bread and patisserie, and dairy). It's located right by Sydney Harbour, so I would get off the train at Circular Quay and pass the Sydney Opera House on my way to my internship site every day. On nice, sunny days I would walk a few minutes to the harbor for lunch and watch the boats come in as I ate, and then walk back to the office and see it all through the window as I interned.

With Coworkers from My Internship at Ordermentum

During my time as an Ordermentum intern, I was in charge of the email marketing strategy and content creation. I really looked forward to coming up with the strategy; it was the area I enjoyed the most. I was also actually producing the newsletters, designs, and promotions that would be sent to their customers and potential clients.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Internships Abroad, Internships in Sydney, Personal Learning

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