Hi everyone! As my time here in this beautiful island comes to an end all I can do is look back and be grateful for all the experiences I was lucky enough to have. These last few weeks have been hectic that is for sure. While I only had three classes this semester, I ended up having five papers due on the same day! I spent a solid week, open to close, in the library to complete these. The hard work paid off once that day passed and I had successfully finished my sophomore year in Australia. I had no finals, due to taking mostly English classes, so I was left with about three weeks of open time before I would venture back to the States. So what did I do you ask? TRAVEL!
I have now been living in the land down under for almost three and a half months and I can slowly feel myself turning into an Aussie! I catch myself saying their phrases and adapting to their low-key, laid-back attitude about life. The students as well as the teachers have a “no worries” perspective about everything they do. The professors are so laid-back that if you walk out and leave their class early, they will wave to you and thank you for coming. I have professors that come to class with no shoes on, wearing just shorts and a T-shirt. I am sure my school being in a surf town also contributes to this. There is no wonder Australia is the world’s happiest country!
It has now been about two months that I have been living amongst the kangaroos and koalas in the land down under, and it has been the most exciting two months of my life! This past month has been filled with learning how to surf, traveling to the Gold Coast and to Melbourne, and a lot of learning at my Australian internship.
It has been a little over a month since I left America and settled into my new home. Every day of Australian Living here, I am learning something new about the culture of the people who live here and about my surrounding environment. My school is called The University of Newcastle, which is in New South Wales, or about two hours north of Sydney. Newcastle is known for its beaches. It is primarily a surf town and hosts the surfing competition 'Surfest' which is a part of the world surfing tour. This is a picture of me at Newcastle Beach, which is about a ten minute train ride from my campus.
After a very long twenty-three hour flight, I have arrived in Australia! I have been here for about two weeks already and have done things most people are never able to do in their entire lives.
In just about two weeks I will be flying out of Dulles Airport and will be landing in Sydney Australia! These next two weeks will be filled with last minute chores like buying a cell phone and changing my banking. However, in two weeks I will begin the journey that will change my life forever.
Hi everyone! My name is Katie Kohler and I am a sophomore communication major with a marketing minor at Saint Vincent College. This spring I will study abroad in Australia, at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales. While abroad, I will be taking four classes as well as participating in a communication internship that will be assigned to me once I arrive.