Navigating limbo: A month behind everyone else
May15

Navigating limbo: A month behind everyone else

While the buzz of life on campus restarted, while my friends started filling their agendas and while others studying abroad started taking off for their adventure, I have been stuck in a weird kind of limbo. As a future exchange student at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, my semester does not start until the end of February. Due to Australia’s cozy position in the Southern Hemisphere, their seasons...

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First Week in Australia
Apr03

First Week in Australia

Lemonade is actually sprite. Thongs are flip flops.  Toasties are sandwiches.  And everyone screams “Yeeew!” when they’re excited.  Tim Tams are delicious and Aussie guys will make any girl swoon! This first week in Australia was nothing less than awesome! I landed in Brisbane to begin our orientation with ISA – the program that is hosting my study abroad program.  Our group travelled to Byron Bay where we...

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Pre-Departure: Alpine Living takes the land of the Kiwis
Feb23

Pre-Departure: Alpine Living takes the land of the Kiwis

In March I will be traveling around New Zealand as a photographer for Alpine Living magazine; a publication I have dreamed of working on since the magazine was handed to me during orientation. It was after seeing this award-winning publication that I knew I made the right choice to pursue journalism at The University of Alabama. I always tell people that my dream job would be to work for a magazine like National Geographic. Unfamiliar...

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Life Down Under
Jul27

Life Down Under

Sydney and I did not meet on the best of terms. Sixteen hours of flying across the Pacific Ocean right after six hours of flying across the United States and only a couple hours of sleep doesn’t make for a great first impression on my part. But Sydney welcomed all of us anyways. We quickly met everyone else in the program right outside customs and hopped on public transport to our apartments. We were living right at Central Station –...

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Back Home!
Jul25

Back Home!

I cannot believe the semester is over!  Since I left in the middle of January, I have been abroad for 6 months.  The time has flown by.  Finals were way more stressful abroad than they were at home because each final was worth either 60 percent or 75 percent of my final grade.  Throughout the semester I did not have any homework assignments to turn in or any chapter tests.  Therefore, it was hard to gauge how prepared I needed to...

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Preparing for Sydney
Jun14

Preparing for Sydney

In just three short days I will be departing from my small PA suburb to fly to Sydney, Australia. Over a year ago as I spent hours researching which programs I was interested in, I came across this internship program in Sydney. And I laughed because it seemed outrageous that someone like me would end up in Australia. Europe, maybe. But not Australia. But sure enough, here I am. About to leave for 8 weeks in the land down under. I...

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