Studying Abroad

Studying Abroad: A students’ investment in their career

AMHERST, Mass – This past spring Daniel Rodriguez, a senior journalism student at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst embarked on the experience of a lifetime, interning abroad in London, England with Capa International Education. Rodriguez is one of only 10 percent of U.S. College student who study abroad.

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Daniel Rodriguez standing in front of the London Bridge, in London, England.

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What I learned about the covering the economy.

Over the course of the past several weeks, I have spent many nights staying up late, researching the economy. While this sounds intense, it’s what is required in order to have an understanding of economic terms, how to use them in a story and simplify them for your audience.

Covering the economy has been more than a juggling of numbers and terms, it has given me insight into the ways in which communities operate, benefit and lose out. For instance, I did not know that in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System played a very important role in the funding and success of one’s school.  The correlation, poor results = less funding +less access to resources= poor results, I realized that this cyclical system ineffectively measures a students’ performance. For many affluent communities is a positive thing, and for those unfortunate enough to be from less affluent communities, its quite the opposite.

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