Blog Post #3

This past month cannot even be put into words. It crazy to reflect back and realize I have officially been here for a month now. It feels as if I just arrived yesterday afternoon. Little did I know prior to my departure that a country would be capable of stealing a piece of my heart…

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Blog Post #2

This past weekend I had orientation for my program (TEAN) in Cairns, Australia. I had a lot of mix feelings at this point between the jet lag, missing home, and the nerves of meeting all of these new people I will be spending the next few months with. However, the jet lag quickly became worth…

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Post feels

Hello again! Currently at the airport leaving Sydney and entering our road trip. My final post be addressing how, if, and why my identity has changed while being abroad. My situation is unique because back at Rollins I was on the soccer team. I loved every second of it but unfortunately didn’t have much time…

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Final days in Newcastle

Hello again! The semester here in Newcastle ended November 23rd and I am still loving every day being here. I am still on college enjoying the company of my flatmates until the on campus accommodation runs out on the 9th. These last few nights on college have been a rollercoaster. It seems like there will…

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Episode 4: the final countdown

Well the end is imminent. I am (FINALLY) done with finals. I went on one last adventure to Sydney with my friends, where I took a tour of the opera house. Went to the Sydney Westfield tower, and did ten Coogee to Bondi coastal walk. It’s crazy that I only have one full day left…

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Arriving in Newcastle

This semester, I have been studying at the University of Newcastle in Australia since mid-July and have been loving every second of it. I am lucky enough to have been able to come on this adventure abroad with my two best friends, Mirabella and Tiarnach, as well, which has made the experience that much better….

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Update Downunder

I feel like this Australia update is more like a life update. Here we go… In my first trip to OZ back in 2012, my family and I visited Sydney for a week, and this mini-vacation formulated my perceptions of the city. Even after having lived and explored here (literally in downtown Syd) for 4…

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Blog Post #3

As the semester here is coming to a close, I figured that I would just reflect on my semester here and the experiences that I’ve had and the differences between studying in America (and specifically Rollins) and studying in Australia. The first thing that I noticed from classes at least, is that compared to the…

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The Many Events of International House

It’s been about 4 months since I moved onto International House in Newcastle, Australia and it has only gotten better over this time. The community of students has begun to feel more and more like family and the thought of ever having to leave them or Newcastle is so upsetting. One of the many perks…

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Mid-Semester Break

Mid-semester break had finally come around, which meant Max, Tiarnach and I had two weeks free to do whatever we wanted in Australia. We got some recommendations from friends and even a few professors of ours on where the best place to travel to would be, and ended up deciding to take an hour-long train…

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