Studying abroad in Australia was certainly a dream come true. When I first entered Pitt, I knew that I wanted to study abroad, however, I could never choose a destination because they all sounded absolutely incredible. During Spring Semester that year, I had decided (after carefully planning) that I wanted to spend a semester in Sydney. Studying abroad was something that I always wanted to do, which makes me forever grateful for the CBA Study Abroad Scholarship as it relieved me from some financial stress. Spending a semester abroad really allowed me to expand my horizons and really explore what’s out there. Additionally, it allowed me to interact with a completely different culture every day, which was incredible. I’m also extremely grateful for this program because it allowed me to meet all sorts of people from across the United States and all over Australia.
My semester in Australia really allowed me to learn that I absolutely love travelling. I was warned about the “travel bug” that everyone who studies abroad gets, but now I really know what it’s like. Spending the semester in Australia allowed me to do things that I never thought I would do (like climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef)! On a less positive note, I learned that I can get homesick, which is something that I usually don’t feel when I’m three hours away from home in Pittsburgh. In addition to growing personally, I was also able to grow academically and professionally. This was the first semester that I had done both an internship and a full schedule of classes. This really taught me how to balance my time between work, school, and exploring the city.
This truly incredible experience has allowed me to gain skills that I will always have with me, such as balancing my time and stepping out of my comfort zone. Both of these skills are great to take back to Pittsburgh as I always attempt to balance my time during the school year, but now I know exactly what is right for me. Additionally, I learned how to step out of my comfort zone, which is a great quality when it comes to in a classroom. Stepping out of my comfort zone means asking thoughtful questions in class to joining an interesting club. This semester was truly the best three months of my life and I am grateful to everyone who was able to make my dreams a reality!