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: Why Study Abroad, International Education

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

Takeaways from a Semester Abroad with CAPA Barcelona

Dec 24, 2018 11:09:00 AM / by Amaia Rioseco

In this week's post, Amaia Rioseco reflects on her past 4 months studying in Barcelona, discussing her takeaways from this semester, particularly what she got from her classes in Barcelona and how she'll miss the life she built in a new city. 

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Why Study Abroad

Why Everyone Should Experience Being an Outsider in a Foreign Country

Dec 21, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by CAPA Study Abroad Ambassadors

In this post, Brandon talks about some of his memories of his first day in Dublin and how he benefitted from being an outsider in a foreign country.

My time abroad in Dublin was one of the greatest experiences I have had in my life. There are so many stories that I could tell, from traveling Europe with friends to my amazing internship at Food Cloud. However, if I was to tell them all, this blog post would span an entire book, so I have to be choosy. I have decided to dedicate this gust post to the memory of my first day in Ireland. As a previous CAPA blogger, I have described the general events of my first day, so if you want more broad information please go to my archived blog posts!

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Study Abroad, Why Study Abroad

How I Changed From Study Abroad as Told by my Family

Dec 20, 2018 10:10:00 AM / by Amaia Rioseco

In this week's post, Amaia Rioseco and visiting family have a conversation in the city center of Barcelona. Amaia's mother and grandmother discuss the ways they've noticed Amaia has changed, grown, and developed (Spoiler Alert: this will give you all the feels).

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Posted in: Barcelona, Spain, Why Study Abroad

3 Ways You Evolve As a Person During Study Abroad

Dec 18, 2018 3:33:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

How do you leave study abroad a changed person? Connor gets into the three important ways that shaped him after a semester in Florence. Through this growth, he has gained strides intellectually, socially, and on an individual and personal level. 

With my time in Florence quickly coming to an end, I want to reflect on how studying abroad has helped shape my identity. To me, studying abroad is the fastest way to grow as a person. I have learned more in these last three-and-a-half months about myself and the world than I ever have before. Studying in Florence has forced me to grow as a person in a variety of ways.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

4 Benefits of Studying Abroad in Florence During the Holiday Season

Dec 17, 2018 12:04:00 PM / by Payton Meyer

While the spending the holiday season abroad can bring about some homesickness, it also give you the chance to experience another culture during a special time of year.  CAPA blogger Payton is making the most of spending the holiday season in Florence, Italy. Read more as she she takes us around to see the a tree lighting, Christmas markets and more!

Ciao! Last week was the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, an Italian national holiday that rings in the Christmas festivities every year. The holiday is celebrated with, you guessed it, a feast, as well as parades, a Christmas tree lighting, and projection light shows! So now Christmas is in full swing here in Florence! Here are a few highlights so far:

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad

How to Seize the Endless Opportunities of Study Abroad

Dec 14, 2018 2:32:00 PM / by Lorenzo Corazzin

After completing a semester abroad in Sydney, Lorenzo shares what he learned about how you can make connections and the most of the opportunities abroad. In his final post, he also talks about why he decided to stop over for some new adventures in Thailand before flying home.

My CAPA program in Sydney finished over a week ago and I have been trying to make my way back home, but not without new adventures. As a little reward for completing my hard earned requirements and working out a successful semester, I decided to take a week-long trip to the tropics on the way back to my country. I spent three days in Bangkok and another three days in Koh Chang, an island south of the city, at the border between Cambodia and Thailand. I can for sure confirm that I had the relaxed and quiet time I was looking for as I’ve gotten myself detached from the school-work routine and into vacation mode.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Why Study Abroad

Post-Semester Thoughts for Those Looking to Study Abroad

Dec 12, 2018 9:11:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

What you get out of your study abroad experience is solely based on your expectations. As Martyn reflects on a semester abroad in Sydney, he encourages students to consider these 2 important points: understanding the pros/cons and doing your research for a great semester abroad.

Studying abroad in Sydney has been an incredibly interesting experience, and one that has gifted me memories I will do well to never forget. I’ve spent the last few months describing my own journey through a semester abroad, and I have really tried my best to get my personal journey across in 500-1000 words. The only thing that I can offer now that I’ve returned home is not personal tales, but advice for the next wave of students considering a study abroad program. As someone who was a little cautious about going abroad, I completely understand the hesitation to make such a commitment. Everyone’s process of deciding to go abroad is different, so I’ve tried to whittle mine down to a few personal thoughts into two broad points.

Here are some thoughts that I’ve grown into throughout this semester.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Why Study Abroad