From Procrastination to Prioritization – Making a Semester in Florence Happen

Jan 16, 2019 9:11:00 AM / by Daniel Arnabar

In his first post, Daniel shares how he decided to stop waiting for the right moment and take action now by studying and interning abroad. He tells us more about himself, his personal and professional goals, as well as what he wants to do in Florence, Italy!

I have to keep reminding myself that in less than a week I’ll be across the ocean, thousands of miles away from everything and everyone I know. It’s definitely a daunting thought. Now that I can count the number of days I have left in the States on one hand, the nerves are starting to creep in.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

Why London? Reasons to Spend a Semester Across the Pond

Jan 14, 2019 12:18:08 PM / by Kendall Hoyt

In this week's vlog, Kendall shares her story of why she decided to study abroad with CAPA in London, touching on the many benefits of spending a semester in this global city and why it may be a great fit for you.

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Posted in: London, England, Why Study Abroad

6 Things You Realize at the End of Your Semester Abroad

Jan 13, 2019 9:13:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

When you study abroad, there are some things you can prepare ahead for and tips you pick up along the way through experience. Fresh from finishing her semester in Barcelona, Maya looks back on her time abroad and lists 6 things she's realized over the last few months. She shares this and more practical study abroad advice in her last post—from balancing time in your host city to becoming more independent while doing things alone.

I wrote this blog post at 4am because jet lag is NO JOKE, and a six-hour time difference makes a big impact on your sleep schedule. Back in Barcelona, it is 10am. I would be up on my way to my favorite cafe, next to my flat, for a freshly squeezed orange juice and croissant before class. Can you tell I miss Spain already?

Studying abroad was one of the scariest and most exciting things I’ve ever done, and even though four months feels like forever, it went by SO fast. My housemates and I have been talking in our group chat since we left, crying about how much we want to go back! Being in Spain was a rollercoaster of opportunities, emotions, and never-ending new experiences. With that, here are my top takeaways from spending a semester in Barcelona.

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Why Study Abroad

10 Pieces of Advice for those Studying Abroad in Dublin

Jan 12, 2019 9:29:00 AM / by Casey Rhode

In her final post, Casey shares key pieces of advice that will help you through your study abroad journey in Dublin. Whatever you do, make sure you have all you need to prepare for the time of your year (and life) in this global city! Take it from a student who has spent a semester abroad in Dublin: plan ahead, enjoy the moments, and become a local in your city.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Why Study Abroad

Why I Am Spending My Senior Year Abroad

Jan 8, 2019 4:34:00 PM / by Brielle Saggese

In this week's vlog, Brielle discusses what made her interested in study abroad and why she chose to spend her entire senior year studying in Paris, France, and then in Florence, Italy with CAPA! 

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On Returning West - Reflections from a Semester Abroad in Shanghai

Jan 7, 2019 1:58:16 PM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's post, Rachel Epp returns home to Nebraska from her semester abroad in Shanghai and reflects on her experience in Shanghai as well as the realities of culture shock upon returning to the US (including but not limited to the Bubble tea or lack thereof in Nebraska). 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Why Study Abroad

How A Semester Abroad in London Changed Me for the Better

Jan 4, 2019 9:12:00 AM / by Christopher Halka

The beauty of studying abroad can be described in many ways. For Christopher, it's understanding the way studying and interning in a diverse city has been pivotal for him. In his final post, he outlines the changes he's noticed in himself, the increase in his creativity, and how he views his identity and level of cultural awareness.

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Posted in: London, England, Why Study Abroad

6 Professional Skills Students Need to Succeed This Year That They Can Get from Study Abroad

Jan 1, 2019 11:23:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

When you study and intern abroad, opportunities will constantly be presenting themselves for you to grow professionally. The overarching benefits of picking up new skills will serve you in the years to come.

In an article written in 2018, LinkedIn Business shared their findings from hiring and recruiting data that they pulled between January-September 2017 (which was billions of data points) to identify the most in-demand hard and soft skills for 2018 and on. From this and several other sources which produced similar data, we’ll take a look at six of the professional skills you need to succeed this year and some of the ways studying and interning abroad can play a role.

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Posted in: International Education, Why Study Abroad

Finding Hope in Endings

Dec 28, 2018 9:03:00 AM / by Genevieve Rice

In her final post, Genevieve sees the silver lining in finishing her semester in London. After studying abroad for several months, the city is now a part of her. She talks through taking time to say goodbyes, making one last round to all her favorite spots, and how she's easing into life back home in the US.

Three months ago, I stood at the top of the escalator in the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, pausing to hug my parents goodbye. I was walking into a new reality, one of busy days, fast underground trains, and the most self-discovery I have ever undertaken. Three days ago, I stood on that same airport escalator, this time going down to my parents waiting on the ground floor. I saw them before they saw me, or rather I saw them before they recognized me. That’s right, my own parents didn’t recognize me—probably because I have much darker hair now and was wearing a different color than they thought I was. But that doesn’t change the fact that they stared at me for a full 30 seconds before they realized it was me. 

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Posted in: London, England, Why Study Abroad

5 Things I Gained from Studying Abroad in Florence

Dec 25, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

Connor's semester in Florence may have ended, but his journey continues. In his final post, Connor closes out this experience with 5 takeaways from his time studying abroad. Beyond the places he has traveled to and the best memories he's made, find out how Connor challenged his fears—and what's next for him!

My time studying in Florence has officially come to an end. After a long 12 hours of travel, I finally arrived back in the US on December 15th. While it was extremely sad to leave Florence and all the friends I made there, it is nice to be back with my family for the holidays. When I was on my flight back to the US, I thought about all of the things I have gained from being in Florence. These past three months were unlike any other in my entire life. Here are five of my top takeaways from my experience abroad.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad