Returning to American Suburbia

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

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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 his last post, Thaddeus flies back home and reflects on his study abroad experience in London.

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On the 16th of December, I woke up in London knowing that my minutes left on the English isle were very few. I wasn't sad to leave the country, instead, I was sad to leave the memories behind that I have made during my time abroad.

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I said goodbye to my friends from other universities that I had met during my time at CAPA, and slowly tread down the escalator for the rather long Picadilly Line tube ride to London Heathrow.

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Posted in: London, England, Life After Study Abroad, Reflection

My Advice on How to Get Yourself Acquainted with Florence

Dec 26, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Kristopher (also known as Kip) is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance major at University of Colorado - Boulder, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In his last post, Kristopher looks back on his study abroad and shares simple ways to quickly integrate with life in Florence.

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Thanks Kip!

See more of Kristopher's journey in Florence.

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Posted in: Practical Study Abroad Advice, Florence, Italy, Reflection

Grateful for a Semester and Internship Abroad in Dublin

Dec 26, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Elizabeth is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth reflects on her time studying and interning abroad in Dublin and how it feels to be back in the U.S.

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As I sit on my couch in front of my Christmas tree, it is difficult to believe I am actually back home in the U.S. Since my plane touched down Saturday night, this is the first moment I have been able to pause and take a moment to reflect on my incredible three months in Dublin.

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The last few weeks in Ireland were a blur of finals, assignments, bucket list items, and saying goodbyes. Whether it was visiting favorite restaurants for the final time or stopping in the shops I have walked past every day of the semester, it was a week of soaking in the last drops of Dublin.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Life After Study Abroad, Reflection

Exercising Independence and Taking Risks

Oct 26, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Hayley is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication and Media major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hayley appreciates how her independence and openness to taking risks has grown from studying abroad and exercises those traits over break. 

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For me, fall break was all about taking risks and stepping out of my comfort zone. Originally I planned to go on a week long trip with one of the travel agencies in Florence, but I decided that traveling on my own terms would be a better way to get the most out of this 10-day experience. So, spontaneously I booked my flights to Amsterdam, London, and Barcelona and started doing research on what to do and where to stay in each city.

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam was my first and favorite of all my three trips. I arrived late Thursday night and checked into “The Flying Pig Hostel,” which is one of the most popular backpacking hostels in all of Amsterdam. On Friday my friends and I walked around the city and visited the Van Gogh museum.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Reflection

Brighton Brings Ideas

Oct 11, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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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 ventures off to Brighton and reflects on the theater scene in London.

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After a tiring week of classes, I was in desperate need to see the sun. The BFA course schedule often starts us off from 9 am to 10:30 pm, so I definitely needed to find some time to let myself be free from school and studying for a day.

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I was off for Brighton at 5:30 am on Friday, early—and I almost regretted it until I stepped off the train and wandered through the sunrise lanes of Brighton. Everything from the white houses to the paler white commercial buildings made the sunshine glow even in some of the smallest always streets in the Lanes.

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Posted in: London, England, Personal Learning, Reflection

The Things I'll Take With Me from My Second Home

Aug 14, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

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In her last post, Cat tells us the top 10 things she learned from her expeirence in Dublin.

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Let's be real. I've gotten countless life lessons, experiences and rewards from studying abroad in Dublin this summer. Here are the most important takeaways I've identified. Study abroad and you're sure to gain the same.

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1. Cultural Intelligence

Before this trip I had so many misconceptions about Ireland and its culture. After living in the heart of Dublin for several months I can now understand and identify with the jokes, the hardships, everything.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Life After Study Abroad, Reflection

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