Traveling Alone

Although I’ve traveled many times in my life with my family, never have I traveled alone, especially overseas. The days leading up to my travels were filled with lots of packing and panicking. To deal with the anxiety of traveling alone to a new country, I imagined my travels as if I were in a movie…

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Going to (field) camp

This past weekend, I had my first field camp experience with my marine and terrestrial ecology class. We spent two nights at Kiola Field Camp and had three days chocked full of biological tests and learning. I know that doesn’t sound very fun, but it was actually a blast. We ran three experiments: one on…

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Learning to speak Australian

My initial thought when going to study abroad in Australia was that at least I would speak the language. In my one month here, I have realized that this is entirely not the case. Here is a quick introduction on trying to decipher the Aussie language. I will mostly just cover food (because this is…

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Learning about the tough things

One of the really cool things about studying abroad is that I get to take courses that are not offered at my home university. One of the majors I am interested in here is human geography, which is a really cool combination of sociology and environmentalism. I am currently taking a course called Environmental Heritage…

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Traveling versus study abroad

I consider myself a well-seasoned traveler. I have been to Europe, South America, Central America and even had a brief stint in Africa. Many of these opportunities were earned through the help of Hanover, but the majority of them involved independent study and travel. For me, traveling is the dream. You are free to go…

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Studying animal behavior in Australia

Blue skies, towering mountains, and the salty sea air greeted me as I looked out upon the Illawara for the first time. Although I realize that I am joining a thriving educational community — the University of Wollongong — I could not help but see my surroundings from a biological perspective. The crisp winter wind…

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Surviving a 22-hour flight

Coming home from Australia was such a hassle. First, we had to figure out a way from Wollongong to Sydney, which is an hour away with more than 100 lbs. of luggage. I didn’t want to pay for a taxi because that would be more than $400! Luckily, I had an amazing, kind friend help…

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One-on-one conversation

We live in a very fast paced society. As we all are trying to keep up, we can forget the little things that we use to love. One thing I forgot that I love, is one-on-one conversations. Today, Carrie Alexander (an HC senior and one of my Phi Mu sisters) and I decided to grab…

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Finals

I, unfortunately, have less than 14 days left here in Australia, and it is heartbreaking. It also is such a drag that the last 12 days I am here, I have to study and take my finals. I have always had a normal amount of stress when it comes to finals but I have never over…

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Things I took for granted

We hear it all the time how we take this and that for granted. More times than not, I just kinda let this go in one ear and out the other. That was until I arrived in Australia. There are SO many things that you just do not notice how amazing they are. It was…

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