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Advice: Never Be Afraid to Do Things Outside Your Area of Comfort

Nov 29, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Mariah Thomas

In her last post, Mariah reflects on her decision to study abroad and how her experience eventually turned out. She also shares some advice and explains why you should not be scared to think and do things outside the box.

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Posted in: London, England, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Study Abroad, Personal Learning, Reflection

From Dublin to Howth: My Favorite Study Abroad Day Trip

Nov 14, 2018 11:05:00 AM / by CAPA Study Abroad Ambassadors

In this post, Grace talks about her favorite day trip that she took during her summer abroad in Dublin.

Of all the day trips I took while studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland, my trip to the town of Howth during the first weekend of the program was by far my favorite. Howth is a quaint fishing town located just a quick forty-five minute train ride north of the Dublin city center. One of my CAPA professors had suggested this spot as a must-see of Dublin because it offers a little taste of everything, including shops, restaurants, the beach, a cliff walk, a castle, and my favorite, fish and chips. 

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland, Study Abroad, Day Trip

Talking About My Generation

Oct 30, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

Well, people try to put us down.
Talkin' bout my generation.
Just because we get around.
I'm not trying to cause a big sensation.
I'm just talkin' bout my generation.

—The Who (written by Marley, Carter, Jones etc.)

The idea that being born at a particular point in time creates some kind of collective identity is a relatively recent invention. The idea of a “generation” only came to be used to distinguish the younger from the older in the early 20th century. As an arbitrary means of interpreting historical change, it implies that those born within a given period are invested with distinctive behavioral traits. Sarah Laskow argued that “Societal generations are a relatively modern idea, hit upon by 19th century European intellectuals and refined in the beginning of the 20th century.” The idea of the generation offers a mechanism by which we impose some kind of pattern upon history: a model defined by age conflict.

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Posted in: International Education, Study Abroad, Cultural Insights

Welcome to My Neighborhood and the Entrepreneurial Stories That Live Within

Oct 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Mariah Thomas

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Mariah is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Journalism major at SUNY Purchase College, she is studying abroad in London.

In today's post, Mariah talks about her curiosity and interest in her new Shepherd's Bush neighborhood for the semester and shares some of the entrepreneurial stories that led to businesses in the area.

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When I arrived in Shepherd’s Bush, the neighborhood I was set to live in during my stay in London, I didn’t know what to expect.

Entrance Leading to Study Abroad AccommodationWalk-through entrance to the study abroad accommodation area.

What kind of neighborhood is this? What kind of people live here? What should I expect?— were questions that ran through my mind as I google mapped the Goldhawk location in the comfort of my home, contemplating if the wide bricked drive thru and tall black gates was the entrance to my new temporary home.

To my utmost satisfaction and shock, it was.

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Posted in: London, England, Accommodation Abroad, Study Abroad, College Life, Environment

My Top 10 Pivotal Moments from Studying Abroad in London

Oct 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Ryan Crotty

In her last post, Ryan outlines her top 10 takeaways from studying abroad in London and how they formed pivotal moments during her experience.

Thinking back to my study abroad experience in London, it would not have been complete without my internship at emc3, my favorite class, and all the time spent in the city. Here are my top 10 takeaways from this studying abroad in London.

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Posted in: London, England, Study Abroad, Top 10, Personal Learning, Reflection

A Day in My Study Abroad Life in Florence

Oct 17, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Michaella Estevez is an official CAPA vlogger, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this today's post, Michaella shows us how she starts off a day in her life as a study abroad student in Florence as she makes her way to class.

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Thanks Michaella!

See more of Michaella's journey in Florence.

Learn More about the CAPA Florence Program

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, College Life, Environment, Food in Florence

All That Jazz

Oct 11, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

The Attraction of the Jazz Joints

By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.
—Duke Ellington

Jazz is the language of the emotions.
—Charles Mingus

I spent a good deal of my mildly reprehensible youth listening to jazz in places where I was not supposed to be—predominantly in Soho in Central London. From about the age of 14, in the early 1960s, I began a lifelong love affair with jazz—not just the sounds but with the places in which it was played and the people who played it.

Soho has become gentrified in these days and few of the old, smoky subterranean jazz joints remain; none of them are smoky now of course and most have become boutiques or perfume shops—ironically sweet fragrances have replaced the heady mixture of sweat and tobacco. The most famous is Ronnie Scott’s jazz club but it has been deformed into a corporate “venue” for tourists and visiting business types (but at least it’s there, even if hideously expensively and much altered in ethos). These were refuges from respectability.

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Posted in: International Education, Study Abroad, History Abroad

10 Steps to Creating Quality Blog Content

Oct 11, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Ryan Crotty

In today's post, Ryan lists the top 10 tips to keep in mind and put into action when it comes to creating quality blog content and documenting your journey and experience abroad.

I can’t believe how lovely my summer semester was! It’s been a true whirlwind of experiences, and I could not be more thankful! I feel so grateful that I have been able to document this experience through blogging for CAPA, so that I can look back on all the great opportunities and times I have had in this program! This blog has been extremely beneficial in my travel by keeping track of all the things I have done while in London.

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Posted in: London, England, Study Abroad, Top 10, Tips, Photography

Diversity Advocates Fall 2018 Scholars and Call for Spring 2019 Applicants

Oct 3, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Jessie Gibson

At CAPA, we seek to foster increased student diversity and to provide all participants with the opportunity to explore, challenge and redefine their identities in distinct ways. Launched in Spring 2017, The Diversity Advocates Program (DAP) is an extension of this philosophy and provides resources for advocates to pursue diversity initiatives of their own within their global cities.

Now, it’s time to announce our Fall 2018 Scholars!

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Posted in: Study Abroad, Diversity Abroad, Money, Scholarships & Financing

Advice: Studying Abroad is the Best Decision I've Ever Made

Sep 27, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Kelly Allen

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Kelly is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Journalism major at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London.

In today's post, Kelly reflects on her time studying and interning abroad in London and shares encouragement and advice on how to make this your best decision yet.

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If you’re having doubts about studying abroad or it has barely crossed your mind, look no further for advice than what I’m about to tell you.

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Deciding to study abroad was quite possibly the best decision I’ve ever made. When I got into the CAPA London program to study and intern abroad, my dad asked me if I really wanted to do this. I was offended at the question and honestly teared up for a second at the thought of not going. That question did make me have second thoughts for a moment, though. I suppose that if I didn’t go, I wouldn’t know what I missed. But now that I’ve spent the best months of my life studying and interning in London (yes, I know—it’s a very cliche thing to say), I wouldn’t take it back for the world.

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Posted in: London, England, CAPA Alumni, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Study Abroad, Personal Learning, Tips