“No Worries, Mate”: International Internship

I had an unforgettable experience traveling to Bali, Indonesia and Byron Bay, Australia. I am continuing to enjoy my internship, taking on more responsibilities and learning more each day. I am so thankful to have been able to travel to Bali for a weekend. I was hesitant at first to go somewhere so far, for…

Making the Most of Every Day

I have fully settled into life in Sydney, I’m all moved into my apartment and I’m enjoying the ease of transportation here. I’ve also been able to explore more of Sydney! I am staying at BreakFree on George hotel in a shared room with a student from Pitt Johnstown. She’s great, we’ve already become close…

The Path to a Better Asa

I’ve been back in the US for a week and a half now and while I have mixed feelings about returning to the northern hemisphere, I’m glad to be back. The seven weeks of academic programming was a perfect length of time to experience Australia and the extra week afterward, spent in the surrounds and…

Breakfree on George

In my time in Sydney, Australia I lived in Breakfree on George, a hotel in the middle of Sydney in Chinatown. In my small room, you walk in and the bathroom is immediately on your right, followed by a small kitchenette with a mini fridge, then two twin beds and a small couch and small…

The Ultimate Experience

Time is flying in the land down under! It’s hard to believe it has already been three weeks since I landed in Sydney, Australia. Every day has been packed with new experiences and I’m hoping to continue to explore Australia more during the three weeks I have left here.  I am staying in Haymarket, only…

The Happening Land of Haymarket

As one might expect adjusting to a new living space has come with some challenges. Especially since living in Sydney is a lot different from the US and housing expectations vary from what I’m used to. Where we stay – BreakFree on George – has double rooms that are a bit smaller than what I’m…

Adapting To The Unexpected

Sitting on the porch watching the sunset at my lodging in Cairns reminiscing on a weekend full of adventures at the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree, it started to hit me just how much of a dream this trip has been so far and how lucky I am to be here. My internship supervisor…

Expectations for the Land Down Under

Going into my program here In Sydney, I had so many different expectations on various levels academically, professionally, and personally. Academically, I excepted Sydney to bring a new and difficult challenge adjusting to their academic structure and was very nervous for my classes taught by an Australian professor. Yet, after only a few classes, I…

Thirty-Seven Trips Across the Sydney Harbor Bridge Later

I’m now halfway through my time in Australia. Having an internship has proven to be quite time consuming so I haven’t had a lot of time to travel outside New South Wales, the state Sydney is located in. I’m not too disappointed about that though since there are a lot of beautiful national parks and…