Reflections
Aug16

Reflections

I have been back for less than a week and I am still a little jetlagged. Only a few days until the semester starts and while I am shocked by how fast the summer flew by, I wouldn’t change what I did at all. The five and a half weeks I spent in Australia was absolutely fantastic. I got to see so many incredible things. As part of our Comparative Supreme Court class, we toured the Australian High Court. It was an impressive space to be...

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Welcome to Sydney: First Impressions
Jul11

Welcome to Sydney: First Impressions

I had been abroad before, so I didn’t have any of the usual jittery feelings about being in a foreign country that some students might experience. I was eager and ready to undertake another international excursion. The last time I went abroad, I studied in Austria, so explaining to my friends and family that I was going to Australia, the place with kangaroos, was the most complicated part about pre-departure.  I’m traveling with...

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Home Sweet Home
Aug08

Home Sweet Home

When you study abroad, people talk about how hard it is to adjust to your host country. They don’t talk about getting back, and it is exhausting. I spent 32 hours in transit from Sydney, Australia, back to Alabama and I’m still worn out five days later! I wasn’t quite ready to leave Australia, if I’m honest. After five weeks, I finally felt like I knew what I was doing! That being said, I’m relieve to be...

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Australian Excursions
Aug07

Australian Excursions

Although my study abroad program was based in Canberra, the capital of Australia, I took every chance I could while abroad to travel to various other cities within the country. I had the opportunity to visit four different cities in Australia, each offering unique experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.   Sydney – New South Wales Sydney is the city that most people think of first when they talk about...

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Feeling at Home on the Other Side of the Planet
Jul26

Feeling at Home on the Other Side of the Planet

I intended to make this post over a week ago, so let me start with a piece of advice: when you’re studying abroad, time can get away from you pretty easily. It’s a challenge to stay on top of your schoolwork when so many other, more interesting things are happening around you, but those are the things you’ll remember when you get home. I’ve learned that balance is key: do the work you came to do, but remember that you’re also in the...

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Planning a Study Abroad Trip
Jul24

Planning a Study Abroad Trip

When planning my study abroad trip to Australia, I knew that I would be on a strict budget. However, I still wanted to make sure that I was able to see as much as possible in the short 6 weeks that I would be in the country. So I used a few tools for planning my trip that I have found very useful, and I believe these can be useful for others when planning similar trips. Flight Alerts I have always been a planner, so I began planning...

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