First things first, jet lag is real! It’s 4am in Chester Country, PA right now and my body is still on Sydney time. Being home has been great so far. It is so nice to see my family and share with them all of my experiences abroad. I’m sure within the coming days and weeks reality will really set in and I will realize how much I miss Australia. Right now, though, I’m happy to be home with friends and family.
Since this is my last blog post, I wanted to switch it up and make a few lists! First, some things I learned about myself and my education while being abroad. Secondly, all of the things I learned about the country and culture of Australia. Finally (a fun one), a list of the different terms we use to describe the same item!
Things I Have Learned About Myself and My Education:
- I am very capable of adjusting to new things and change on my own.
- I am much more independent then I give myself credit for.
- I am confident enough to stand up for my opinions and what I think is right, especially in the workplace.
- I really do enjoy the field of Sports Marketing (even making sales calls!)
- Interning abroad really does have so many benefits and has taught me so many transferable skills.
Things I Have Learned About the Country of Australia and the Culture:
- Left, left, left!! Walk on the left, drive on the left, everything is on the left!
- Keep your change! There are $2 and $1 coins, and those do add up.
- A very celiac friendly country; I was surprised when I didn’t see gluten free options on the menu. Made my life much easier!
- There are no such things as tips! Something we often forgot but was nice when we remembered we didn’t have to tip.
- Dates are written as day/month/year. Something I had to get used to at work.
- Don’t forget to bring your reusable bags to the store, there are no plastic bags.
- Life is more relaxed. Go with the flow and enjoy every moment.
Differences in Terms:
- Chips. Fries and potato chips are both called chips. Context clues are necessary.
- They are called flip flops, not thongs!
- “How are you going?”
- You take the lift to get up to the third floor. What’s an elevator?
- We say jelly, they say jam. They use the term jelly to describe Jell-O.
- We say we’re in college, they say that are at university.
- We take a vacation, they take a holiday.
All in all, I will be forever grateful for this trip of a lifetime. I have made some lifelong friends and experienced things I will always remember. If you are debating whether or not you should study abroad, I fully support it. When else in your lifetime will you have the opportunity and time to be abroad? Exactly, now is the time! Don’t miss out on your trip of a lifetime.
Thank you to everyone that followed along on this journey with me! I hope you enjoyed it and learned a little about my life and experiences abroad.