A Thank You Letter to Australia

Australia … I haven’t known you long, but I’ve grown to love you so much. Why? Well, besides having the cutest animals and really cheap prices in American dollars, you’ve taught me so much. I’ve learned how to figure things like public transportation out for myself and not rely on others. I’m so much more confident asking questions and talking to strangers than I was … Continue reading A Thank You Letter to Australia

First Week in Cairns, Last Week in Australia

If you picture a tropical beach town that has enough gelato shops for each person in the population with bats flying rampant at dusk, that is Cairns, Australia. Except the beach that it is next to is actually a man-made lagoon, and by tropical that actually means tropical storms. In all seriousness, Cairns is a beautiful place. It is home to countless activities from white … Continue reading First Week in Cairns, Last Week in Australia

How I Made the Most of Studying Abroad in Only a Month

A month is not a long time. The four weeks fly by like they never really happened in the first place. This is how long I’ve been in Australia. As my fourth and final week comes to an end, I’ve been thinking about how lucky I am to have gotten so much done over the past month. I pet and fed a kangaroo as well … Continue reading How I Made the Most of Studying Abroad in Only a Month

Everything is Better Down Under

Australians are happy. They are so happy about life in general that one of the continent’s values as a people is fun. Fun and equality. It’s a wonder that more people don’t try and make their way across the world to this weird –in the best way –and kind of dangerous place. Australians have a longer life expectancy than Americans. They tend to not focus … Continue reading Everything is Better Down Under

My First Week in Oz

I’m convinced that a week in Aussie time is a month in America, because that’s how long I feel like I’ve been here. I think that’s because so much exploring has been packed into just one week. You think I’m being dramatic, but we’ve been going nonstop from around 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Squeezing 30 … Continue reading My First Week in Oz

READY FOR REVIEW: G’day, Mate!

The first taste of Sydney I had was an Australian boot commercial on the 17-hour flight featuring Hugh Jackman and his idyllic accent. The commercial featured various boots walking various paths with Jackman narrating how many steps the average person takes in his or her lifetime. He so eloquently says that in the end, it’s not how many steps that matter, it’s where they take … Continue reading READY FOR REVIEW: G’day, Mate!

Nicole Needles: Summer in Sydney & Cairns, Australia

Year: JuniorMajor/Minor: JournalismProgram: 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 … Continue reading Nicole Needles: Summer in Sydney & Cairns, Australia