How I Packed Efficiently for My Semester Abroad

Sep 11, 2017 3:30:33 PM / 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 her first post, Celess shows us how she fit everything in her bags without going over the weight limit.

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Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

The Gilman Scholarship: How to Look for Other Ways to Fund Study Abroad

Aug 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Student Interview: Sarah Pressler

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Photo: Me & Mauro. Meeting up with an old Twitter friend before the program started. I never thought we'd ever meet in real life, but here we are enjoying Italy! What a treat.

Meet Sara Pressler, a Public Administration major and Honors Studies minor from Texas State University who is studying abroad in Florence this semester, summer 2017. Below, she talks about being a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, why she chose to study abroad, and ways you can look for more scholarship opportunities.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
SARAH PRESSLER: My study abroad program has brought me from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, to Florence, Italy. I'm finishing up my bachelor's degree in Public Administration and my minor in Honors Studies. In the fall I'll begin working on my Masters in Legal Studies with ABA Paralegal Certification. Texas State University is currently the only college in the state of Texas to offer a combination degree program where you earn your Masters AND certification as a Paralegal through an ABA (American Bar Association) program. It's an amazing opportunity for those of us who want to work in the legal field but do not want to, or cannot, attend law school. I'm looking forward to diving into the program! Other than academics, at the moment, my hobbies and interests are focused on my four children ages 20, 17, 15, and 13. Between home life and academic life, the only other interest I have is napping!

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Posted in: Interviews, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Financing Study Abroad

Why Staying in Shape Abroad has More Benefits than You May Think

Aug 2, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

While you’re abroad you’ll be busy studying, eating, traveling and much, much more. While you are caught up in all the excitement of your new location, you may forget about the importance of exercising and staying in shape. Even though you may think running or biking (or any other exercise you may chose) will take time out of your day, there are plenty of ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, especially in the early stages of your travels.

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One of the best things you can do when you arrive in your new city is run or bike. You’ll be able to do two things at once by learning about where you’ll be living while also burning off the delicious food you ate the night before. You may run past a café that you want to try, or you may get to meet some locals to run with! Either way, it’s a win-win situation. Make sure to not get lost, and also speak to your advisors to see which areas are better to run in than others.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Health Abroad, Activities Abroad

The Top Ten Affordable Foods Found Throughout London

Jun 28, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_SethNeu_London_Headshot.pngSeth Neu is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing & Management Information Systems major at the University of Minnesota, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Seth shows us 10 of the best places to eat on a budget in London.

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My favorite thing about cities has always been the confluence of so many cultures, forming a diverse gastronomy. So for the past six weeks, I’ve scoured the streets of London in attempts to find the best places to eat—that will also be easy on the wallet. Fortunately, oftentimes the best and most authentic restaurants are also highly affordable. After six weeks of taking tube rides to find all the spots, I finally completed my list. Looking at it, I was pleased with the diversity of cultures represented; nearly every single continent was present. However, it was at this point that I realized nearly all of the restaurants on the list were located in Soho. Which really illustrates how overflowing the Soho area is with the best and most affordable places to eat. So if you’re looking for somewhere cheap to eat in London, I’d suggest hitting up one of the places on this list or wander around Soho to find your own!

1. Bibimbap

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Bill: £7.50

Location: Soho

Bibimbap, literally translating to “mixed rice”, is precisely what this restaurant entails. Served in a scorching hot stone bowl, Bibimbap traditionally includes rice, an assortment of vegetables, sometimes meat, and usually an egg. I went with the classic Bibimbap called Dol Sot, which contained sections of julienned cucumber, daikon, bean sprouts, spinach, and carrots, topped with a fried egg. Also, when the waiter warns you about how hot the stone bowls are, take them seriously: after I had finished eating, I unintentionally touched my hand to the bowl, only to jolt it back with a squelch. After nearly 20 minutes the bowl was still hot enough to burn my skin.

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Posted in: London, England, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Top 10

5 Tips to Write your Cover Letter

Jun 27, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Regan Charie

Cover letters are the best way to express yourself and desires when applying for a job or internship. The letter is often the first time that an employer sees who you truly are. Your resume will describe any skills or experience you have, but your cover letter is more personal, and allows for more self-expression. It provides you with the opportunity to make a great first impression. If you're finding it hard to find your voice, here are 5 tips to help.

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1. Make it Personal

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Internships Abroad

How to Write the Right Resume for Internships Abroad

Jun 22, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

As you enter college and embark on your study abroad journey, you'll begin to realize how important your resume is. There's an emphasis on having impressive jobs and skills to put on your resume, but many people think that's all you need. Few realize that things like layout of your resume could actually make or break getting the position you're applying for. Some employers will take one look at a resume, see that it is unorganized, and move on to the next. When applying for internships abroad, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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The first thing to point out is that many countries outside the US, particularly in Europe, use to term CV which stands for "curriculum vitae" instead of resume. In Latin, this term means, “course of my life”, and it's the same exact thing as a resume. It is important to highlight experiences, skills, qualifications, education, and your personal information.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Internships Abroad

10 Little Tips that Will Help You Around Florence

Jun 20, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_JiwonChoi_Florence_Headshot.pngJiwon Choi is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Art History major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Jiwon gives us her list of 10 things that will help you out when you study abroad in Florence.

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1. Summer in Florence is very hot

The average temperature in Florence is around 90F and being around large group of tourists doesn't help. Bring something to keep yourself cool, such as a fan, cooling pad, hat, water spray…etc. You will find them extremely helpful especially in crowded, enclosed museums.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy, Top 10

5 Tips to Pack Like a Pro

Jun 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Regan Charie

While packing before you travel abroad, you’ll probably want to find a magical way to bring everything you own without needing 50 suitcases. It can be pretty difficult to only bring what you need considering the amount of clothes and other items you have. If you really can't decide what to bring with you, you can keep these tips in mind to make sure you've got the essentials for your study abroad adventure.

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1. Define needs vs. wants

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Top 10

(Surprisingly) Missing Home in Sydney

Jun 15, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_ShayannaRoman_Sydney_Headshot.pngShayanna Roman is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major and Art minor at SUNY New Paltz, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Shayanna talks about what it's like to miss important events at home while abroad.

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Welcome back, readers!

My time in Australia is nearly done, and while I’ll be sad to leave this beautiful country, I’m also happy that I’ll be back in New York soon. I’ve recently been experiencing a great deal of homesickness. I’ve lived away on campus for my entire college career so I never thought I’d be one to get homesick but I was definitely proven wrong.

Even though I was only home for a day before I flew to Sydney as I had just moved out of my dorm room at my college, I didn’t experience any type of homesickness for the first few weeks. It hit me really unexpectedly while I was on Facebook the other day. I was just scrolling down my newsfeed when I came across a video on my brother’s timeline from Father’s Day weekend. He and his wife had a gender reveal party in our backyard with all of our friends and family. They were holding a bag full of either pink or blue balloons, asking everyone to guess whether they thought the baby was going to be a boy or a girl. To my surprise, blue balloons came flying out of the bag. I was convinced the baby was going to be a girl!

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Photo: my brother and his wife at the gender reveal party…It’s a boy!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Practical Study Abroad Advice

How to Write a Study Abroad Scholarship Essay and Win

Jun 14, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

We've all had those times where we find ourselves sitting at our computer for 45 minutes, staring at the bliking line at the begining of a word document. We end up not writing a single sentence that we’re happy with despite knowing how important the essay is. If you're finding it hard to start writing a scholarship essay, you're not the only one. How can you write something that's compelling, honest, and really conveys why you deserve this gift that will help you study abroad?

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When wondering where to start, be creative. Whichever scholarship foundation you're applying to is likely to receive many applications, so the more creative and unique your essay is the more likely it will stand out. Be sure to read the prompt carefully and then tailor your story to that question. Point out the most unique parts of your story to make it as special as possible, so that you're exciting the reader and not boring them.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice

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