As the motto says
10.13.2012 - 10.29.2012 66 °F
This will probably be the last or second to last post, as my time is coming to a close here in Australia… for now. I find it is becoming increasingly difficult to think about going home. Yes, it is my home and I do miss my family and friends, not to mention the football games, but I'm having a lot of fun over here and I’ve made a ton of new friends that I'm not ready to say goodbye to. I’ve been reading some other blogs about how to prepare to leave and the biggest thing seems to be making sure you do everything you absolutely want to and leave nothing to regret. I would have to agree that is probably the best advice. I’m an organized person so I made a list and I’m super excited to do all of it. I wish I’d had more time to do some of it earlier but it will be great to break up the studying with some last minute fun. All that being said I do still have three exams to study for and that’s where the study part of study abroad comes in. Even though I’m here for school, it has been a good semester and I would definitely do it all over again.
Do some exploring, spending some time with friends and just generally relax… on the beach.
Some of the biggest worries you may have are money and a different curriculum but I can tell you that even with a set of courses that was supposed to be more difficult I am still doing fairly well and at UC they actual grades don’t transfer back so that has really helped. Being a science major it can get really stressful sometimes worrying about grades and not getting to take “fun” classes so it’s been a nice break.
Money will always be an issue for college students and I know you’re probably sick of hearing it’s more affordable than you think but OneStop & UC will work with you and if you make/stick to a budget almost anyone really can do it. Australia’s an expensive country so be prepared to spend twice as much for even the smallest things (normal size candy bars = $2.60) but if you look hard enough you can almost always find a deal. The Salvation Army store has been amazing (dress for formal = $7.50). So yes it can be difficult and you’ll think you are so very broke but the experience is totally worth it.
Living in International House (ihouse) I’ve met people from all over the globe; some friends and I were joking the other day if one of us bought a plane and got a pilot’s license then we could probably travel the globe for free, besides jet fuel. I have had the most amazing time and can’t wait to come back one day. It is an amazing country and an experience worth every cent.