Thoughts and Feelings Before Heading Down Under

May 22, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_SkyleeLawton_Sydney_Headshot.pngSkylee Lawton is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In her first post, Skylee tells us how she feels before leaving for Sydney, including some of her excitement and worries!

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I love traveling. While I know that it's kind of a simple statement, it is true. Ever since the year I was born, I have gone to at least one other state. Every single year of my life! I have gone out of the country a few times, but not as often as I would like.

I am fortunate enough to have an amazing family who instilled love of adventure in me. My dad travels all around the world for work and when I was younger, he would bring us back the most amazing trinkets, cultural souvenirs, jewelry and anything he found interesting at local shops. While I always loved what he brought back, I would say sarcastic comments during his gift givings about how I would have rather gone to wherever he was and pick up things myself. My mom does not travel for work much, but she has taken my brother and I on some incredible adventures. The worst part about any trip is leaving.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Homecoming: The Unfamiliar Familiar

May 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In her last video, Natalie talks about coming home and some things that surprised her once she arrived back home.

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Thanks Natalie!

Natalie's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Life After Study Abroad

Departing Down Under: Reflections on a Semester in Sydney

May 3, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2017 - Profile.jpgColin Gilbert is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and supply chain management major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In his final post, Colin talks about returning home and how his experience in Sydney made him more independent and ready to take on the world.

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My Boeing 777 surged off the runway and into Sydney’s clear, blue skies at 10:10am on April 22—right after I took my final steps on Aussie soil. Minutes later, the flight attendants bustled down the aisle with meal service offering two options: chicken or beef. These meats weren’t the components of a fresh frittata, nor a breakfast scramble, and definitely not chicken and waffles. No, these meats came accompanied by vegetables, dessert and a dinner roll. At 11 in the morning!

While I truly appreciate Air Canada’s attempt at reducing my jet lag by aligning my stomach with the new time zone, my mind wasn’t buying it. What my mind was buying, however, was the sleep I desperately needed from staying up late packing the night before. An eight-hour snooze helped the time pass, and I enjoyed the frittata I previously expected as we landed in Vancouver at 7:30am on April 22. That’s right, I landed three hours before I left and was able to fit in a 13-hour flight! How’s that for time management?

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Life After Study Abroad

My Final Aussie Trip: The Gold Coast

Apr 27, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Natalie explores the Gold Coast in Australia, from Dreamland to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Thanks Natalie!

Natalie's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Travel, Sydney, Australia, Environment

Maximizing the Minutes of Studying Abroad

Apr 26, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2017 - Profile.jpgColin Gilbert is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and supply chain management major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Colin talks about completing his academics in Sydney and why time management is especially important abroad.

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I chuckled to myself and pondered over an appropriate response to my professor as he asked, “Did you spend your entire Easter Monday finishing up that final paper?” because I hadn’t. In fact, I was waking up in Melbourne on Easter Monday, enjoying a delicious breakfast and hopping a plane back to Sydney, where I spent the afternoon around wandering around Darling Harbour and dining waterside for one of the last times.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Academics Abroad

Talking About Social Issues in Sydney

Apr 20, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Natalie discusses some social issues that she's noticed while studying in Sydney.

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Thanks Natalie!

Natalie's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Cultural Differences

Aussie Airport Adventures: Traveling Down Under

Apr 19, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2017 - Profile.jpgColin Gilbert is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and supply chain management major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Colin discusses how traveling by plane in Australia varies from the US on a getaway to Cairns in Northern Australia.

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Shoes? On. Liquids? Full. ID? No need. The travel-savvy readers may know what I’m talking about, but they’re probably a bit confused; as was I while strolling through the security checkpoint at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. As Americans, we’re accustomed to adhering to TSA’s strict security protocols such as the 3-1-1 liquid rule, a trip through the body scanner, and being asked for identification at least twice before gaining admission into a terminal. It’s the standard for travelling in the USA. We understand the importance of the preventative measures enforced by the TSA, regardless of how annoying or tedious they seem, because the reality of the adverse consequences is all too present in our society.

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Posted in: Travel, Sydney, Australia

The Top 10 Beaches in Sydney

Apr 13, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Natalie shows us her top 10 favorite beaches throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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Natalie's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Cultural Insights, Activities Abroad

Exploring Your Local Neighborhood: Ultimo, Sydney

Apr 12, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2017 - Profile.jpgColin Gilbert is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing and supply chain management major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Colin brings us around his local neighborhood of Ultimo, Sydney.

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I’ve reported on the stunning coastal walks, the bustle of the CBD, and the incredible mountains of New Zealand, but I’ve yet to bat an eyelash at the variety of things nestled within the blocks surrounding my accommodation. Considering it’s my home base, I thought a quick tour of the neighborhood of Ultimo is in order! This should be especially useful for anyone interested in studying abroad, as I’ve written in some things I wish I’d known about before landing in Oz.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia

On Studying Abroad for a Second Time

Apr 10, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

A CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview with Erica Bergmann

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Meet Erica Bergmann, a second time study abroader from the University of Massachusetts Amherst who spent spring semester of 2016 on the CAPA Sydney program. Below, she talks about her exciting plans after she graduates next month, shares her favorite foodie experiences from the Land Down Under and talks about travel - where she's been, a few tips and the benefits and downsides of traveling solo versus with friends.

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CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself
ERICA BERGMANN: I’m a senior graduating this upcoming May from the University of Massachusetts Amherst pursuing a specialized Bachelor’s Degree of Individualized Concentration in International Relations with a Focus on Germany. Additionally, I will have completed minors in both German Studies and Political Science. I’m an overachiever, I know. I studied abroad with CAPA in Sydney, Australia in the Spring of 2016 and partook in an internship with DEC PR & Communications. 

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Posted in: Interviews, Sydney, Australia

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