Australia adventures down under

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Overall experience

Studying abroad was the best choice I have ever made. It is something that is hard to describe, you just have to experience it. It changed me as a person, it opened me up to new people and perspectives. It also taught me more things about my own culture that I would have never realized if I didn’t go abroad. It was amazing, and I encourage all students to go abroad. Because I studied abroad, I have more of an urgency to travel to other parts of the world. If I could, I would do this experience over and over again without hesitation. I thought living in an international dorm opened my eyes to new perspectives about the Australian culture as well as other cultures around the world. 

Studying abroad allows students to learn about different cultures and a different way of doing things, as basic as cooking a meal. Even though almost everyone in the world cooks their own meals, there are several ways of cooking a meal. Because I lived in an international dorm with 60 other people, I was able to experience different ways of living and cooking in the house I lived in. I had the opportunity to learn about their style of living, and they gave me suggestions about how I can improve on my cooking. Studying in another country, such as Australia makes me appreciate how grateful I am to receive such an amazing system for education. However, I really enjoyed seeing how other professors teach in another country, and how it differs from my home country, America. Even though it was a different learning style, I learned to appreciate what Australia offers as a country, and compare and contrast Australian to the American curriculum.

It’s kind of funny because it really is a once in a lifetime experience. I felt as though I had a unique, separate life across the globe. And it was nice having a feeling of closeness with people you’ve just met from all around the world, but it was nice knowing there was something to go back to in America, such as friends and family. So even if you didn’t have the best experience during your time abroad, you always have your life back where you’re from. Even though I left this second life behind, it isn’t goodbye, it’s a ‘see you later’ because the people I have met will stay in my life if it is meant to be. I already miss all the ‘inside jokes’ and laughs I’ve had with these amazing people, these moments will always be cherished in my heart <3

This was the last official night together as a group before we started heading home and going our separate ways. This was a chance for everyone to connect and share memories we had with one another. These picture was taken in June 29th, how time flies!

I was so excited that I got to spend my 22nd birthday in Australia! It was fun to have all the people I’ve met in Australia in one place to celebrate my birthday! We went to a thai place called “Nu Thai” on Gouger street and then we went out to a Sangria Bar afterward! There were 21 people who came, and I was wondering how I had met so many people so quickly! I wish I got a picture of the whole table and I’m bummed I didn’t! But it was definitely a birthday I will remember for the rest of my life!

July 2013: Kelsey facing the beach, posing in front of the small town in Port Adelaide

July 2013: Kelsey facing the beach, posing in front of the small town in Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide

Kelsey and I in Port Adelaide! Port Adelaide is a suburb about 30 minutes away from the city in a car. 
My friends Kelsey, Gabby and I decided to explore Adelaide so we could see everything before our time in Australia came to a close. We drove to random places, mostly the suburbs where the busses would go. We were curious to see what Stonyfell, Paradise and Port Adelaide were all about! It was fun being able to drive around and see the area around us. Port Adelaide was by far the most exciting on our short journey around Adelaide!

Kelsey and I in Port Adelaide! Port Adelaide is a suburb about 30 minutes away from the city in a car. 

My friends Kelsey, Gabby and I decided to explore Adelaide so we could see everything before our time in Australia came to a close. We drove to random places, mostly the suburbs where the busses would go. We were curious to see what Stonyfell, Paradise and Port Adelaide were all about! It was fun being able to drive around and see the area around us. Port Adelaide was by far the most exciting on our short journey around Adelaide!

Church in North Adelaide

Church in North Adelaide

North Adelaide

North Adelaide

North Adelaide

North Adelaide

My friend Camilla and I decided to walk from the city of Adelaide to North Adelaide which is just past the city. If you walk through the University of Adelaide, there is the River Torrens. It is really pretty and in the fall when it was still warm, we had picnics along the river. Definitely a nice place to hang out!

My friend Camilla and I decided to walk from the city of Adelaide to North Adelaide which is just past the city. If you walk through the University of Adelaide, there is the River Torrens. It is really pretty and in the fall when it was still warm, we had picnics along the river. Definitely a nice place to hang out!