The end of my time in Sydney came faster than I expected. It felt like I had just arrived, which made it harder to leave the city.
My experience studying abroad has changed my life in multiple ways. The opportunity to learn from professors from around Australia helped me gain a better understanding of the history and culture of Sydney, where my internship at RISQ Group gave me a taste of the working world of the city.
Personally, I feel as though I have learned many important skills necessary for life outside of college. I feel confident that I would be able to adjust to life in a foreign city because I was able to do it in Sydney. I have also become a traveling addict and started to enjoy learning about other parts of the world. Since I was on the opposite side of the Earth from the US, I was able to go to places I could not before. Traveling to Bali, Tasmania, and New Zealand were highlights of the entire trip, and I am grateful I had the opportunity to go.
With my undergrad career winding down, it is important to take away as much knowledge and skills as possible. In Sydney, I was able to learn from my classes, as well as apply them in real situations. Traveling around Sydney for field trips and work events helped me essentially practice for life after college. I will attempt to bring these skills back with me to Pittsburgh to help me graduate with the best education I could obtain.
At times throughout the semester I would feel homesick and missed my friends back at school. These thoughts can’t be ignored, but Sydney did its best to keep them to a minimum. I have learned just how important my friends and family are in my life and how much they mean to me, but I have also learned how to grow individually and improve myself without other’s help. Living in a place with so much to see and do for four months has given me a chance to better myself in a way that was impossible before.