Ready to take off!

It’s here! At 5am tomorrow morning I’ll be boarding on the 25 hour long flight to India. I am both very nervous and excited.  I don’t feel prepared mentally and emotionally, but then again how can you be prepared for the culture shock of being halfway across the world? Tomorrow I’ll start my journey in Indianapolis,…

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You’re the Best, Budapest

This past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to take a trip to Budapest, Hungary. I have a great passion for traveling and exploring new places, so I was extremely excited to visit somewhere new for a couple days. We ended up traveling with a Belgian student who we have become great friends in the short time…

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Taking a Study Break

Hello all, I would like to apologize for the lack of posts the past couple weeks but things have been increasingly busy here at Wollongong. We had two weeks of midterms, full of time in the field and hours in the computer lab. When I wasn’t busy at Uni, I was home studying or participating…

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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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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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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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