Why Studying Abroad in Florence is Right for Us (Part 2)

Nov 14, 2017 4:30:00 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 continues a discussion with his study abroad friends on why they chose Florence and what they like about the city.

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Missed part 1? Catch up here.

Thanks Kip!

Kristopher's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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

Studying Abroad in London: A Global City and More

Nov 13, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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It might sound cliché but studying abroad in a global city gave me a new perspective on the world. I turned twenty years old the summer prior to studying abroad. With nothing but traveling on my mind, this birthday gave me the realization that I had gone two decades without making it overseas more than anything else. As a result, I had an endless amount of questions and curiosity only to be answered by traveling and experiencing a new country (or seven) first hand.

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I chose to study abroad with CAPA in London, England, because of the internship program, which stood out as a once in a lifetime opportunity to me. Prior to departure, I tried to have the least amount of expectations as possible, as everyone advises you to do. Because of this, I never imagined how diverse of a city London would be. But better yet, I never imagined the global awareness and appreciation for other cultures I would gain from just four months in a foreign city.

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Posted in: London, England, International Education, Study Abroad

Why Studying Abroad in Florence is Right for Us (Part 1)

Nov 7, 2017 4:30:00 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 sits and chats with his study abroad friends to learn why they chose Florence and what they like about the culture.

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Thanks Kip!

Kristopher's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA Florence Program

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

Worlds Apart: From Idealism to Pragmatism

Oct 27, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Dr Michael Woolf CAPA International Education

"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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Let me make it clear from the outset, I am not assuming the role of outraged dinosaur or rabid reactionary howling ineffectually at the ways things are. Instead, I want to illustrate a change that has taken place, over roughly the last 25 years, often unnoticed and unremarked, in the way in which we talk about our work. I have been pondering an alteration in our collective consciousness partly out of nostalgia for the dreams of the past, and partly out of unease at the direction in which we have moved.

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In my admittedly faulty memory and in brief, we have shifted from talking about the collective good to focusing on personal benefit; from describing ways in which education abroad brings diverse individuals together to emphasising the personal advantages that participants can gain. In the years following World War II, there was a vision (perhaps illusion) that education abroad might bring greater international understanding through the interaction of young people across borders.

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5 Tips on How to Start Your Study Abroad Blog

Oct 24, 2017 1:30:00 PM / 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 gives 5 tips for starting a blog and chronicling your special study abroad moments.

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Once your study abroad journey begins, time will start to fly by. Before you know it you are a month into your semester and start to wonder where the time went. Many people approach their study abroad experiences in different ways. Blogging is one of the easiest and creative way to preserve your memories as well as share your adventures with your family and friends back home!

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Here are a few keys steps to make an awesome blog for your time abroad.

1. Find Your Proper Blogging Platform

Stepping into the blogging world can be slightly intimidating. You can start documenting your journey on a variety of platforms. It is possible to share your adventure through Facebook posts, a travel Instagram, or a traditional website blog. By doing a quick internet search, you can easily find a few web platforms to start your blog.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Study Abroad, Tips

4 Reasons Why It's Worth Studying Abroad and Other Fun Stories from Sydney

Oct 20, 2017 3:30:00 PM / 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 this week's post, Hanna counts 4 reasons why you should study abroad and shares fun facts and stories she's learned from her time in Sydney.

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Honestly, it has been challenging to get back to the routine of going to classes and internship after an adventurous spring break in New Zealand. However, as I realized we have only about a month of the program left, I spent some time reflecting on my study abroad.

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Thus, I am dedicating this post to the reasons why it is worth studying abroad, and especially why you should visit Australia.

1. See the World

One of the biggest reasons is the opportunity to see the world! With programs like this students are able to see new countries, experience new cultures, people, customs, and activities. You are exposed to a completely new world that has so much to offer and teach us.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Study Abroad

A Look Around CAPA Florence

Oct 12, 2017 1:30:00 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 gives us a look into the CAPA Florence program and where you'll spend most of your class time.

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For those of you who have plans to study in Florence in the upcoming semesters, get ready for one of the biggest journeys of your life! Making the change from your university or college to a small program may have you worried or curious about where you will be doing your studies during your time in Italy.

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This week, I will be giving you a look around the CAPA Florence program. You can think of this as your orientation before arriving in the beautiful city of Florence!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad

6 Reasons Why I Chose to Study Abroad in Florence

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

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Emily_Kearns_Column_Profile.jpgWords by Emily Kearns, a CAPA Florence study abroad alumna. Emily will be writing a column called "Remembering Florence" on CAPA World the first Friday of every month.

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After talking to a lot of students recently who just started thinking about studying abroad and are unsure of where they’d like to go, I’ve started to think more about how and why I chose Florence as my study abroad city. Here are some of the reasons why I ultimately decided on this wonderful Italian city, and why (if you haven’t already) I think you should consider it as your study abroad destination.

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1. The Size

Being from a small town and going to school in a semi-small city, I knew that a big city like London or Rome would be a bit too overwhelming for me. I felt that I would thrive in a smaller city, like Florence.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad

The Circus

Sep 22, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

Dr Michael Woolf CAPA International Education

"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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“Men, women, and children who cannot live on gravity alone need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is, in my opinion, in a business established by the Creator of our nature. If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses without corrupting, he need never feel that he has lived in vain.” - P.T. Barnum

The final performance of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, took place in a New York suburb on May 21st, 2017. Though the circus began in Europe and will continue in one form or another there and elsewhere, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, represented the peak of the arts; it was simply “the greatest show on earth.”

At the last performance, the ringmaster, Johnathan Lee Iverson, urged the audience, (“ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages”) “to keep the circus alive inside you.”

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I only discovered this event by accident in a very small item in the inside page of a London daily newspaper.

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Posted in: Study Abroad

Just Days Away From Florence

Sep 7, 2017 4:30:00 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 her first post, Hayley shares why Florence is her study abroad choice and how she plans on reconnecting with her artistic side.

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Studying abroad has been a dream of mine ever since I was in middle school. It’s hard to believe that I’m just days away from departing from the United States and heading to Florence for the semester. During these last few days at home, I’ve done a lot of thinking about why I am truly participating in a semester away from my college, friends, and family. I’ve come to realize that this experience that I’m about to embark on will not only fulfill my need to travel but will also help me grow as a person.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, First Thoughts

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