As an international business student I felt that having a study abroad experience would be the best way to separate myself from the pack.
I decided to study abroad in Sydney, Australia since I was always given the impression that business in Australia was taken very seriously. The cost of living is extremely high and conducting business is expensive. Budgeting skills and precise logistics are mandatory for a company to survive. My goal is to acquire these kinds of skills by the end of my stay. Plus Australia is a beautiful place. Who wouldn't want to go to Sydney?!
While in Sydney, I took an Australian Cinema course, an International Marketing course, and Learning through Internship. The professors in all three courses were great! Each professor has a high understanding of both the American and Australian culture. It's enough to give me a taste of Australian culture while not striving too far from the comforts of back home.
The most memorable moments of my study abroad experience have been getting to hug a koala, feed a kangaroo, get into a tank of sharks, and scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef. There was also sand surfing which is so much fun until you wipe out at the bottom. Sand does not taste good.
I am also doing an internship for a small business in Sydney. The work I am doing most of the time teaches me about the reality of running a small business, especially the risks of maintaining it. I would certainly say this internship will help me in the job field. Working closely with the owner I am able to dig deep into the company and see what tactics are successful and what strategies need improvement. Working at a business that is facing difficult financial times has taught me to not only have a plan and a backup plan, but to have the skills to face situations that weren't part of any plan. I have learned the importance of being flexible and adaptive because nobody can know for certain what the future holds. The true test to how well you fare is how you handle yourself when the floor gives out.TOP