Tips Before Leaving for Australia or Abroad Anywhere by: Michaela Califano

*Written previously* I’ve been in Australia for about 3 weeks now. What I’ve learned in the short period of time being away is that I wish someone had more tips for me on how to pack, and tips for necessities you need while being abroad. For one pack as light as possible (yes this is coming from a girl who always overpacked) but seriously, you only need more summer-like clothes…

Short-term Study Abroad Programs Versus Semester-long Programs by Micah Feinstein

I am exceptionally fortunate to have studied abroad several times during my college career. I have completed four short term study abroad programs through CofC. These programs have varied in length and destination: from a one-week spring break trip in Cuba, to two two-week Maymesters in Ghana and Iceland respectively, to a three-week summer program in England and France. Now, I am halfway through my semester abroad in Greece. Other…

Reflecting on Study Abroad by Michaela Califano

It is sad to say that my study abroad experience was cut short. Though I am grateful that I was still able to experience Australia as much as possible. I went to Australia not knowing anyone else that was going, which I was excited about, yet it may be scary for some people but this was not a first for me. In the past, I have had great experiences going…

Saying Goodbye by Kayla Kozak

As I enter my final week abroad, I can reflect on what I have learned and experienced. I did not know what to expect, so all I could do was jump in with a sense of curiosity and excitement. This period of life introduced me to new people, places, and things. I learned a lot about myself as well. One of the things studying abroad taught me was time management.…

Post-Australia by Jayda Cruz

After returning back to Connecticut a couple days ago, I have had the time to reflect on my time in Australia. What I gained out of this experience exceeded my expectations and I will miss my host university with my whole heart. During my time abroad, I made friends with students from several different states such as Wisconsin, Utah, Delaware, Texas, and more; these are people who I never would…

Rollercoaster Ride by Kayla Kozak

Studying abroad can be a daunting experience. For most of us, it is our first time leaving everything we know behind and heading into the unknown. Leading up to my departure, I remember there were days where I would be ecstatic about my adventure down under and other times where I questioned everything. What is important to know is that everyone goes through it whether they openly talk about it…

Adjusting to Australia by Jayda Cruz

Everyone says that studying abroad really pushes you to figure out who you are as a person, and they weren’t kidding. Before traveling to Australia, I was fairly confident in myself as an individual, but just after being abroad for a couple of months already, I have grown even more as a person. I have learned how to manage my finances, how to travel by myself, and have become extremely…

Aussie Active Adventures by Jack Oistad

Australia is a land made for the adventure seeker and adrenaline junky. What the continent may lack in unique cultural landscape bountiful, it more than makes up for in unique natural beauty. I found a new hobby since being down here; surfing. I’ve tried it back in the United States, but I attended a surf camp here and that’s where I really fell in love with the activity. Every time…

The Australian Way by Kayla Kozak

So far, I have been here for a little over one month and I am loving it! I have done so much since being here, from seeing the opera house to riding a camel…random right? At first, I thought that Australia was very similar to the United States, but the longer I’ve been here the more I notice differences in the way of life. The uni here is cosmopolitan, with…