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

Advice: Spend Your Time Exploring and Becoming Culturally Experienced

Jul 6, 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 his last post, Brandon reflects on his semester abroad and shares 3 major ways he has changed, as well as vital advice for future study abroad students.

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Hello, I hope your week is going well! This is my last post as an official CAPA blogger, and it is bittersweet. On one hand, this means that my time studying abroad is over and I get to return home to see friends and family, but on the other, I have had the most amazing experiences of my life while in Dublin and Ireland now feels like my home-away-from-home. I should add that I will not be returning home immediately, however. I am currently on a family vacation around Europe, and I will be spending some part of the summer working on a vineyard in Spain.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2018_From Brandon Mooney - Self-Outside Temple BarThis is me outside Temple Bar.

I would like to spend my final post reflecting on my study abroad experience. Looking back on who I was before going abroad and who I am now, I can see several significant, positive changes. First, I am far more confident in myself. Being abroad separates you from your traditional support networks, be they friend or family-based, and it forces you to find strength within yourself. Second, I am more comfortable being friendly with strangers.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Reflection

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

Why the City of London is an Inspiration for Travel Writing

Mar 29, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Award-winning author Michael Meyer will be teaching the Travel Writing course for CAPA this summer in London. As an accomplished travel writer, he has spent time in China and in different global cities, garnering bylines in notable outlets such as The New York Times, Time, the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune among others. He has kindly accepted the invitation to share his thoughts on London on the CAPA World Blog.

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In London, history is always close at hand. The shelves of Charing Cross Road bookstores sag with guidebooks covering the capital’s food, art, architecture, statues, shops, tea, writers, war, buses, churches, jewels, flowers, ghosts, and “secret open spaces.” The longer you stay in London, the more you realize how little of it you’ve seen—despite the fact that in 1666, most of the city burned down.

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This ever-present past is unique to global capitals. I’ve written two travel books about China, but Chinese cities are different: the longer I lived there, the more aware I became of what I could never see, because in China progress often looks like destruction. In London you can drink a pint at the Thames-side pub where Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire. In Beijing, it is surprising to find your favorite dumpling restaurant still standing after one year has passed, let alone 350.

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Posted in: London, England, Reflection

Solita in Argentina: Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires

Feb 26, 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 first post, Claire shares why Buenos Aires has a special place in her heart and her anticipation to study abroad there.

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This past week has been so full. From the many goodbyes, packing my suitcase, figuring out the logistics of traveling from my home in Jackson, MS, to Buenos Aires, to trying to soak in all of my last moments at home for four months, there haven't been many moments to sit and ponder what I'm embarking on, much less to take in the wonder and excitement.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - Despedida Farewell Party_1.jpegFrom a despedida with some friends just before I left!

But here I sit, with just a couple hours left until my plane takes off for Buenos Aires, and excitement is kicking in. The Spanish I hear spoken around me is tinged with the Argentine accent I so love. It's really becoming real.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Reflection

A Trip Down Memory Lane in Florence

Feb 14, 2018 10:30:00 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 her last post, Celess takes us down memory lane and looks back on her fall semester in Florence.

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Thanks Celess!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Reflection

Theatrics Back Home: How We're Doing After Studying Abroad

Feb 5, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Maureen is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maureen talks about adjusting to life back home and checks in with her company of actors and friends all over the country.

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Thanks Maureen!

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

How Studying Abroad in Sydney Taught Me to Embrace Life

Jan 31, 2018 11:30:00 AM / 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 her last post, Hanna reflects on the challenges she's been through and how studying abroad opened doors for her to grow personally and professionally.

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It took me a while to organize my thoughts and come back to the reality of campus life. Studying abroad definitely had a huge impact on me; not only do I notice it, but my friends and family notice it as well. Though, I have been studying abroad in the U.S. for almost 5 years already, participating in the CAPA study and intern abroad program represented a way for me to exit my comfort zone.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2017_From Hanna Okhrimchuk - With Her Dog at Home.jpgBack home in Kyiv, Ukraine, with my dog!

Let me think about where I should begin. Australia has a pretty laid back and relaxed culture, and I think it affected me to the most positive extent. Ever since coming to the States and starting my education career here, I've felt tension and pressure to perform and act in a specific way. I don't know whether it was due to a cultural shock, an attempt to fit in, and/or other reasons. However, going to Australia helped me realize that there is so much more to this world and our lives…the stress and tension should not limit us in our actions and thoughts. Sometimes, we just need to relax, go with the flow, and enjoy good moments without overthinking and emotionally exhausting ourselves.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Tips, Reflection

Why I Traveled After My Semester Ended Instead of Going Home

Jan 24, 2018 4:30:00 PM / 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 shares why she traveled to Southeast Asia after her semester in Sydney and what her plans are after returning home.

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Thanks Nicole!

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Posted in: Travel, Sydney, Australia, Reflection

Returning to American Suburbia

Dec 27, 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 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.

A view of the Downtown Chicago skyline as I return to the U.S. after 5 months abroad.

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

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