If you are thinking about studying abroad, stop thinking about it and do it! Once you graduate you won't have the free time to travel the world – this is the perfect opportunity.
I had always wanted to go to Australia and two of my friends at different schools spent four months there and loved it, so I knew that was where I wanted to go.
While in Sydney, I lived in an apartment that was right around the corner from cafes, parks, and the grocery store. I lived with other students, from all over the US, who were studying abroad and going through the same CAPA program. I made many friends that I still keep in touch with since I've been back.
The professors I had in Sydney were some of the greatest professors I've ever had in my life. Since I studied abroad during summer time, there were only two classes offered: International Business and Australian Politics. I wasn't excited about either of them, but once I started classes I loved the material I was learning. I never thought I would be interested in politics but it was my favorite class. I still keep up with the Australian political scene and news today.
The professors took us on "fieldtrips" and understood that we were there, not only to study but also to experience the local culture. Some of the most memorable experiences of my trip were visiting the Sydney opera house and Australia's parliament house, scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, hiking the Blue Mountains, feeding a kangaroo and koala bear, and meeting all of the amazing people while I was there.
This study abroad experience has made me so much more independent! Since I have been back I have been planning future trips to different countries because I had such an amazing experience in Australia.
If you are thinking about studying abroad, stop thinking about it and do it! Once you graduate you won't have the free time to travel the world – this is the perfect opportunity. It was the greatest experience of my life and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. The study abroad experience is truly a "transformational" one!TOP