My First Week Abroad
Jul05

My First Week Abroad

I have been in Australia for a week now, so I’m an expert on international travel, the study abroad experience, and mastering the nuances of a new culture. (This is a lie.) I intended to make this blog post much earlier, but it turns out preparing for a month-long stay on the other side of the world is fairly time-consuming. Fortunately, this gives me an opportunity to write about my first impressions of Australia, and hopefully...

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Summer Down Under

While it is summer in The States, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere. That being said, Australia is COLD! The weather has not stopped the fun, and it has certainly not kept me and my peers from exploring the beautiful nature and wildlife that Oz has to offer. I am currently a third-year law student at the University School of Law, and I am studying abroad this summer to finish up my remaining credit requirements. The Australian...

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Coming Back Stateside
Aug17

Coming Back Stateside

After a long 5 weeks, and over 34 hours of travel time, I’m finally back in Tuscaloosa. The end of my trip was spent with going-away dinners, presentations, exam prep, and all the last minute souvenir shopping that was expected so this is my first chance to finally post about the last few weeks of my trip as well as my advice to future travelers. On the trip, we finally got to visit Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road for a short...

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Summer Down Under!
Jul22

Summer Down Under!

This summer I am spending 5 weeks in Australia, studying law at the Australian National University. This experience is my second time studying abroad, I spent my junior year in England. Both experiences were completely worth the travel and the expense. The strange thing about this summer, is that it is winter down here on the other side of the world. It made packing and flying interesting. It also made travel from Sydney to Canberra...

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Soo… about this metric system
Jul17

Soo… about this metric system

I’m shocked to say I’m two weeks into my adventure in the ‘land down under’. Time has absolutely flown by. The US and Australia have so many similarities, but the differences, where they’re present, are extremely apparent. One of the first things I noticed was that “your welcome” isn’t said. For example, “cheers” or “sure thing” are the most common responses...

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Takeoff in t-minus 60 minutes…
Jul13

Takeoff in t-minus 60 minutes…

It truly is a surreal feeling being dropped off at an airport to leave everything you know for 5 weeks. My boyfriend, my new apartment, my pets, and the food in Tuscaloosa I’ve grown to adore. After 26 hours of travel, I’ll be landing in Sydney, Australia and then immediately loading a bus to Canberra, Australia. My mom has told me to be careful maybe 4000 times in the last week, but some things never change. The airport is...

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