Photo Roundup: 6 (More) Pictures that Bring Me Back

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

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Back in June, I shared eight of my favorite photos from my semester abroad in Florence. It was so enjoyable to look back at some of the best memories of my life, so I decided to pick a few more of my favorite photos to share from my time abroad! It's crazy to think it's already been three years since I left for Florence!

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I basically have a sunset picture from every single place I've been to. To me, there's nothing better than sunset/sunrise pictures! This one is extra special to me since it was taken on one of my last nights in Florence. Even for an iPhone photo, I think it came out pretty well!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad

Does God Like Christmas?

Dec 22, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CAPA The Global Education Network's Deputy President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Michael Woolf.

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Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.
– Ronald Reagan

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Introducing Winterval

Things about which I am sceptical are unavoidable in these cold dreary days of December. If you live in London (or in most of the cities in which we operate) Christmas is omnipresent in our media, streets and shops. It begins, in fact, in early October and drags on for close to three monotonous months. It is in our eyes—tinsel town and twinkling lights —urging us to commemorate the conjunction of holiness and poverty by buying more and more things. It is also in our ears. Many of the Christmas Carols with which we are familiar were written in Victorian times. They are now heard, more often than not, as a kind of seasonal muzak in department stores: droning reiterations of sound devoid of meaning.

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Posted in: Study Abroad, Holidays Abroad

Reflecting on a Semester Abroad in Shanghai

Dec 21, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Sarah is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Fashion Retail and Merchandising major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Sarah reflects on her time in Shanghai and shares how she grew and what she learned.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Study Abroad, Personal Learning

A Semester in Florence: Photo and Video Recap

Dec 19, 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 this week's post, Kristopher shares some of his favorite photos and videos from his semester in Florence.

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Thanks Kip!

Kristopher's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad

How to Prepare for the End of Your Semester Abroad

Dec 19, 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 shares some tips on how to prepare for the end of your semester abroad. 

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It is crazy to think about how three months ago I was writing a blog about how to adjust to being abroad for the first time. Now my last week has come and I cannot believe how fast time has flown. The last of the weekend trips has come to an end and the realization of the plane departure date is drawing near. The last few weeks of studying abroad can be exciting but also extremely busy. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for the end of your semester abroad.

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1. Start Packing Early

Yes, this is the number one advice... again. I am writing this while staring at my suitcases knowing that I should have started this process a little sooner. Although the bags may seem symbolic to ‘the end is near,’ it is important to at least think about the packing process a couple weeks out. Start by thinking about what you are going to pack and what you can leave behind. You can save space in your suitcase by leaving items that you bought at your abroad location or items you can buy when you return home. Save the spot where you were going to put your shampoo for a nice piece of art or t-shirt from your local city. Keep your eyes out and talk to your study abroad provider about donation areas for any items or clothing you won’t be bringing with you. If you can’t use it next semester, there is someone who can! The earlier you start to at least think about the packing process, the less daunting the task will actually be. To cheer yourself up while packing, throw on some music, open your door, and have a packing party with your friends!

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Study Abroad, Tips

My Trip to Venice, Italy

Dec 18, 2017 3:30:00 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 this week's post, Celess takes us along with her on a trip to Venice, Italy.

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Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Study Abroad

Q&A with CAPA Students on Their Shanghai Experience

Dec 14, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Sarah is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Fashion Retail and Merchandising major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Sarah does a Q&A with her fellow students and finds out about their experiences in Shanghai.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Interviews, Shanghai, China, Study Abroad

Writing the City: Observational Writing in London

Dec 13, 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 shares his thoughts on his "Writing the City: London" class and what he has learned from observational writing.

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As my time in London enters its last month, I have started to reflect heavily on my work as a writer after working with Kate Norbury, who teaches Writing the City: London. When we started this class, I had very little idea of how to structure writing and have it critiqued in a productive way that would help me better tell my story.

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Kate works with helping writers become inspired through observational writing - ie. having an experience within the city of London, creating a story based on an overheard conversation, watching somebody interact throughout the city, or finding parallels between physical space and poetical language. To do this, we often took morning field studies to different locations within the city of London where other notable writers in the city have become inspired or had a history of dwelling.

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Posted in: London, England, Academics Abroad, Study Abroad

Christmas Markets in Florence

Dec 12, 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 this week's post, Kristopher takes us on a tour of a Christmas market in Florence.

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Thanks Kip!

Kristopher's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, Holidays Abroad

Top 5 Reasons to Study Abroad in Florence

Dec 6, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad

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