How to Pack for a Semester Abroad in Shanghai

Sep 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Daniel Powell

Daniel Powell

Daniel Powell is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An International Relations and Applied Economics major at  Ursinus College, he is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Daniel shows us his packing techniques and what he's using to bring his necessities to Shanghai for a semester abroad.

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Daniel's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Study Abroad

My Packing Strategy for a Semester Abroad in Barcelona

Sep 14, 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 shares helpful tips and several ways she packed for a fall abroad in Barcelona.

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Amaia's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

5 Ways I Prepared to Study Abroad in Shanghai

Sep 13, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Rachel Epp

Rachel Epp

Rachel Epp is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Global Business major at  Cedarville University, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In her first post, Rachel tells us why she chose Shanghai as her study abroad location and lists the 5 important things she did to prepare for her semester abroad.

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Rachel's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

My Family Story Behind My Study Abroad and Travel Experience

Sep 12, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Casey Rhode

Casey Rhode

Casey Rhode is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Interdisciplinary Studies major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In her first post, Casey tells us about her family connection to Ireland and shares several packing lists for a fall semester abroad in Dublin.

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Studying abroad is something I’ve always wanted to do, and going to Ireland was at the top of my list. My dad is part-Irish, so the one thing that intrigued me about going to Ireland was learning about those ancestors. My grandpa has done extensive family research and he even told me about a castle that was for one of our ancestors. My entire family is extremely supportive of this adventure, and I couldn’t be more thankful. My mom’s side is all from Colombia and since I’ve been there already, they’re happy I’m getting to see my dad’s side.

On Top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris with FamilyWith my family on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

My mom struggled with me being away at college since it was across the country. I know she will have a hard time dropping me off at the airport with me now going across the world. My dad and my mom are both there if I need them, so I know that while I'll be so far, they’re a Skype call away. My sister is also extremely supportive. She’s my best friend and is very jealous that she can’t do study abroad for her musical theater degree. It’ll be hard not being able to talk to her every day because of the time difference and our schedules, but we know we’ll figure it out.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Choosing to Study Abroad and All the Stops in Between

Sep 10, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice

Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In her first post, Genevieve talks about her decision to study abroad in London, her international background and experience, and her expectations for this semester.

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I am what some people may call a travel addict. Growing up, the inside of my suitcase was just as familiar to me as the inside of my closet. This is because I didn’t grow up in a normal home. I grew up in Budapest, Hungary, an ocean away from the USA, where my parents are from. My childhood consisted of traveling to countries all over the world with my parents, so the thought of staying in one place for the entire four years of college terrified me. Living in a small town like Anderson, South Carolina, while enjoyable, is outside of my comfort zone. So, when sophomore year started and I felt that familiar itch right between my shoulder blades, the one that tells me that I either need to see some place new or do something drastic, like chop off my hair and dye it pink (it’s happened before and I really would rather not go back there again, it was not a good look for me), I began checking out my options.

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Fall2018_From Genevieve Rice - Owl luggage tag

I had considered study abroad before, but it had never seemed like a viable option with the huge price tag and the countless hours of work that goes into it. Then I talked to a friend who had just gotten back from a semester in Uganda. I could see that it had changed her. She didn’t deny that it was a hard road to getting on a plane for a semester abroad, but she also assured me that it was worth it. That night, I emailed our study abroad advisor to set up an appointment for the next week.

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Posted in: London, England, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Study Abroad

My Thoughts Before Leaving for London

Sep 7, 2018 3:30:00 PM / 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 his first post, Christopher shares about his travels to Greece this summer, along with some advice that he received from his friends and family before he departs for London.

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Hello, I’d like to start by introducing myself before I go on to share my various adventures this semester. My name is Christopher Halka, and I am currently a junior and accounting major at Siena College, located outside of Albany, NY. However, I originally hail from a small suburban community called Garden City, located on Long Island, which is roughly 45 minutes from New York City.

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My decision to study abroad is one that has been in the making for years to come. Being the youngest of three children where both of my older siblings had studied away the fall term of their junior year, I saw that it was fit for me to continue the tradition. My parents have always seen to it, that they enable and encourage their children to go out, learn and experience new cultures in a global setting, just as their parents were able to do so for them growing up.

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The Countdown is On: Preparing for My Semester in Dublin

Sep 7, 2018 3:00:00 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 her first post, Jessica shares how she took her finances and health concerns into consideration as she prepared for her semester abroad in Dublin.

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It’s crazy to think that at one point I was scrolling through the CAPA blog page, looking at the different places to study and at the experiences people had, and now it is actually happening. The decision to study abroad was not easy, as it is my senior year and I gave up a lot in order to come here—but I believe it will be well worth it.

Mint appTesting out the Mint app for budgeting this semester.

One of the major things that I had to think about was finances. If I did go to Dublin, how would I finance it? I decided that I would take out a loan, because this was a once in a lifetime chance and I knew if I went, I could also visit other places in Europe easily. I did look for plenty of scholarships, but after the fact of the decision. If you are looking to study abroad, definitely check with your school to see if they have any scholarships to offer. I have been using Mint as a budgeting app, but I plan to try out a few different ones to see which works best for me. The CAPA online portal also helps a lot to prepare you for arrival or any other miscellaneous questions you may have, from cultural norms to phone service.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Health Abroad, Study Abroad

Packing Smart for a Semester in Florence

Sep 6, 2018 1:30:00 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 shares some packing strategies and outfits that she'll be bringing for her semester abroad in Florence.

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I’m writing this the night before I depart for Florence, as I pack away the last few things I’ll need for the next 4 months using the CAPA packing list. I’ve never moved outside of my hometown, or even been to Europe, so needless to say, I’m freaking out a little. It’s been tough to figure out what to take with me and what to leave at home because, unfortunately, I can’t fit my whole life into my suitcase. Here are a few of the things that I’ve been focusing on to help me narrow down what I’m bringing along this semester.

Airport in Iceland

One of the reasons I am most excited to study abroad is to experience European fashion, as Italy is home to some of the fashion capitals of the world. I have always been passionate about fashion, but, living in Boulder, Colorado, a city that has been deemed one of the worst dressed cities in the entire United States (I’m not kidding!), makes me wonder how much I’ve truly been exposed to it. That being said, I absolutely love fashion as a form of self-expression, and can’t wait to see what people are wearing in Europe. I think it will be the perfect place to try out some pieces that I might be hesitant to wear in Boulder but will be so fun to break out abroad. I’m also saving a little room for anything new that might catch my eye in a boutique while I’m there.

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

Pre-departure Thoughts Before Heading to Barcelona

Sep 6, 2018 11:00:00 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 shares why she chose Barcelona as her study abroad city, what she's most excited about, and what her biggest worry is about spending a semester overseas.

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Hi guys! My name is Maya Pearl Crawford, I am 22 years old, and I am the Official Blogger for CAPA Barcelona Fall 2018 program. I am a student at University of Massachusetts Lowell and I am finishing up my degree in Entrepreneurial Business. I chose to do my final semester of college abroad in Spain because I wanted to experience something new and different. I chose my CAPA location because Barcelona has been a dream destination for me since a young age. I remember seeing this beautiful city as a child while watching "The Cheetah Girls" and thinking “I have to go there someday.” The beautiful scenery, unique foods, language, and art were completely different from what I have experienced during other travels, and I knew I had to see them for myself.

Maya & family

Unlike most people who study abroad, I hadn’t been preparing for this throughout college. I was involved in so many things on campus from sports to clubs that I never thought I would have the time. Studying abroad never crossed my mind until a good friend of mine returned from her semester away with CAPA in London. She told me about how much fun she had and how easy CAPA made it for her to take the classes she needed that I decided to take a huge risk and sign up for this program myself. The application process was pretty fast and I knew within a few weeks that I was accepted to CAPA and would be flying out at the end of the summer! My family and friends weren’t surprised at all at my decision—they know I have always loved traveling and jump at any opportunity I get to do so.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Study Abroad

Preparing and Packing for My Semester in London

Sep 5, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Ellen Anderson

Ellen Anderson is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Child Psychology major at  University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Ellen shares how she prepared for a semester abroad in London.

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Ellen's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Study Abroad, Preparation

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