During my internship in Sydney, one of the most exciting tasks I had to work on was to help complete an article for the Australian version of Women's Health.
I am from Ontario, Canada and I thought it would be a great experience to get a feel of how another country other than the US and Canada operates. While in Sydney, I lived in the apartments with all of the other students in the Study Abroad program. My roommates were awesome and we all got along so well.
Because I'm a dietetics major, I did an internship at Food & Nutrition Australia, a company that provides expert advice on all aspects of nutrition and offers tailored lifestyle solutions to meet different clients' needs. One of the most exciting tasks I had to work on was to help complete an article for the Australian version of Women's Health. The article was about the top 125 packaged foods for women and I helped identify the best options in each category. I also wrote some articles for the company's website and used clients' surveys to identify areas to be improved on a service the company provided. I definitely think this will give me an advantage in the job market as I gained a lot of experience in a variety of areas of Dietetics and gained some perspective on a different culture.
Some of the most memorable experiences I had during my study abroad trip were going whale watching, camel riding, and sand boarding down large sand hills. One of the weekends was a "Learn to Surf" weekend in Crescent Head, about a six hour drive north from Sydney. It was a nice change of scenery since it was more in the country and it was basically a weekend of camping and surfing. I did manage to stand up on the board once or twice. Surfing is definitely harder than it looks!
I also did an excursion to Cairns, Australia. This was one of my favorite weekends! We took a two hour boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef and I got to go snorkeling. We did a walk through a rainforest, went to a zoo, and went on an alligator cruise. After that, we stopped at AJ Hackett, where I went bungee jumping & did the Minjin Swing (a giant swing that pulls you high up above the ground and when you release the cord, you go flying). I also went to a Carrie Underwood concert at the Opera House in Sydney which was pretty awesome.
Studying abroad has opened me up to wanting to travel even more, possibly even going back to Australia. It took a lot for me to go on this trip since I was doing it on my own. It definitely made me stronger and more independent as a person. Professionally, I gained a better understanding and respect for how another country views and puts into practice the concepts of food and nutrition.
Lindsay Currie Combined Degree Student
Study Abroad – Sydney, Australia (Summer 2012)