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How to Prepare for the End of Your Semester Abroad

Dec 19, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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

4 Pieces of Airport Advice for First-Time Travelers

Dec 14, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

You’ve been waiting to travel to a different country for the longest time, and that moment has finally come. You know this is a journey you’ve been working up to. From city to city and state to state, your travel experiences have been accumulating for your first major trip overseas for your study abroad. While there may be similar aspects to the type of travel you’ve accomplished back home, getting on your first international flight will be quite the experience.

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1. Be Prepared

Start your preparations early on--both mentally and packing-wise. Whether you’re an experienced or last-minute packer, it helps to go through 1 or 2 rounds of asking yourself whether you really need what you’re packing. Keep all your important documents together in a safe and handy manner. Unsure about the airport you’ll be stopping over and arriving at? Do some research to see what amenities are available during your travel.

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Posted in: Travel, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Tips

What is Reverse Culture Shock and Some Ways to Deal with It

Dec 4, 2017 11:30:00 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 this week's post, Celess explains what reverse culture shock is and how to spot it, as well as ways to deal with it after studying abroad.

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Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Life After Study Abroad, Tips

5 Things to Remember When You Travel Out of London

Nov 15, 2017 3:30:00 PM / 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 lists 5 tips he's learned from traveling outside London.

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Yes, yes, yes! This is a post you may have seen coming, but I still wanted to give my two cents as someone who has never traveled abroad before...at all!

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1. Plan Train Travel Ahead

If you are at all fascinated by train travel (guiltily, I am), traveling by train can be one of the fastest ways to travel Europe and Greater England. Something I wish I knew about, and quickly learned how to do, is plan all train travel at least three weeks in advance! The closer to the date you book tickets for train travel, the higher the price will be.

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Posted in: Travel, London, England, Tips

Academics and Culture Abroad: Top 3 Tips for Studying

Nov 10, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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 shares her top 3 studying tips and how the Melbourne Cup event affects the work culture in Australia.

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As the semester comes close to an end, the academic world at university gets more hectic. It is unusual that most projects here are due at the end of all classes; however, I found out that they will all most likely be due on the same day.

Just a reminder: stay on top of your assignments, so you do not binge study/cram as I am doing now. :)

But here is an interesting story I have to share…besides the CDOs and CDSs, subprime crisis, and Greek crisis research papers and presentations I have been working on.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Study Abroad, Tips

Top 10 Things to Consider While Traveling During Your Study Abroad

Nov 10, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Tylor is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Communication major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Tylor counts down the top 10 things you should keep in mind when you travel to other cities and countries during your study abroad.

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Thanks Tylor!

Tylor's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Travel, Dublin, Ireland, Tips

Top 10 Ways to Cope with Homesickness Abroad

Nov 6, 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 lists 10 ways to cope with that bout of homesickness that hits you when you're studying abroad.

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Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Homesickness, Tips

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

5 Tips to Get the Most of Your Weekend Travels

Oct 5, 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 lists 5 essential tips for a great weekend travel experience and shares where she's visited so far on her study abroad in Florence.

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One of my favorite parts about studying abroad is traveling, and it’s safe to say that I’ve already done a lot of it in the short time I’ve been in Florence. The best thing about living in Europe is the proximity between countries, making weekend travel extremely easy!

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All across Europe, there is a variety of languages and cultures, and what better way to spend your time abroad than to get the full European experience! Traveling can sometimes be considered stressful… But don’t stress! Here are some tips that I’ve put together to help you get the most out of your weekend travel experience.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Tips

Finding Ways to Stay in Touch While Abroad

Sep 27, 2017 3:30:00 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 her plan on how she stays in touch with her friends and family while studying abroad.

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Thanks Nicole!

Nicole's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Tips