Nicole Needles: Summer in Sydney & Cairns, Australia

Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Journalism
UF in Australia – Journalism

Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and why?
I traveled abroad to Spain recently to visit my brother who is also studying abroad, and it was my first trip to Europe!

Have you studied abroad before? If so, where, when, and for what?
I have never studied abroad before.

Where are you studying abroad this time and why did you choose this location & program?
I am studying abroad in Sydney and Cairns, Australia. I love how unique Australia is: from their food, to their ecosystem. I also have family and friends who have traveled here and spoken so highly of it.

What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program? What are you most nervous about?
I’m really looking forward to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef! I was most nervous about the flight (17 hours!), and about getting homesick.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I love writing about my adventures, abroad or otherwise. I also am very interested to learn about the histories of different countries and states when I visit. It enriches your experience so much more! I also love to dance, and I love coffee. Coffee is a hobby right?

Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I have a big family of seven (I am the oldest of five kids) and we recently started fostering —which means more little ones in the house —and I miss them all the most while I’m traveling.

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