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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Kia Ora!
Jun17

Kia Ora!

Kia ora is the standard greeting in New Zealand, a bit of the language of the indigenous people (Māori) that means “be well.” It is what the flight attendant at the Air New Zealand desk said to me when I checked in for my flight. This was the first time I’d heard the phrase that would become synonymous with happiness, comfort, and a sense of home that I’d never experienced before this trip. I had no idea what...

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Just Say Yes
Jun11

Just Say Yes

The one piece of knowledge I’ve learned on this trip that I could tell anyone would be just say yes. While we are all college kids making our way in the world and limited funds, some of my favorite memories have been because I said yes regardless. I’m fortunate enough to have a father who said go have the trip of a lifetime and we’ll figure out how to pay for it once you get back, just don’t get too spend happy. I know I’m going to...

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Main Differences between the US and New Zealand
Jun07

Main Differences between the US and New Zealand

Going into my three weeks in New Zealand, I figured I would find mostly similarities between our countries. What I took away instead were endless differences that taught me a lot. America’s government versus New Zealand’s government was a main topic among UA and NZ students. Through our visit to Parliament, we learned that their government is much more accessible to its citizens than ours. For example, any petition with...

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New Zealand Has Found the Child In Me
Jun07

New Zealand Has Found the Child In Me

I am a child again. I first got this feeling flying off the back of the boat in Paihia and dangling in the air next to Terri and Michael looking at the huge ocean below us. The feeling you get when you get lost in the moment and all since of stress and worry no longer exist. I got lost in that moment and I think for the first time was able to truly just live for in it. This feeling solidified during my day trip to the hot springs in...

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An Afterthought
Jun03

An Afterthought

I am currently on the fifteen hour plane ride back home, and I have reached a new level of exhaustion that I previously did not believe existed. Between my Lord of the Rings and Hobbit marathon, I have had ample time to reflect on my trip. It didn’t take me much time to conclude that these past four weeks have been some of the best of my life. Along with the incredible sights and cities I have seen, I feel blessed to have had the...

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