I had 2 opportunities to choose from: 1) Short study tour 2) Full Semester Abroad
I chose to study abroad for a full semester instead of a study tour. I wanted to take advantage of this amazing opportunity of combining my desire to explore new places while studying business and communication. Freshman year I realized by attending Queens University of Charlotte, I have the opportunity to follow my dream of leaving the United States to study abroad and to accomplish some of my goals. I want to be well educated, culturally diverse, and successful. I have looked into studying abroad in other locations, like Ireland and Hong Kong, but felt the University of the Sunshine Coast had the most to offer. After reading about the University, I liked how it resembled Queens in many ways:
I chose Queens partially because of these reasons above and I wanted to study at another university that truly cared about me and wanted me to excel in life.
I chose Australia because it had always been a dream of mine to visit the land down under. My available options helped in my decision process because I’ve already visited Europe and I’m not as interested in Asian culture as I am in the diverse Australian culture. In the future I plan on traveling to Germany and Poland to hopefully meet family relatives who live there and explore my heritage.
So why did I choose 12? Well 12 is my lucky number so I’m thinking you’re about to listen to 12 awesome songs because you were lucky enough to read this! Below is a great list of songs ranging from hip-hop to dance/techno. I found all of these songs while in Australia, mostly by hearing them at the club or on my friend’s computer. Let me know what you think & please remember to vote on you favorite song at the end! They are in no specific order.
It’s been raining here for days. I’m not talking about a little here and there. I mean straight downpour! The thunderstorms have been pretty cool to watch and I feel like I’m in a tropical storm with all this wind. I’ve basically been stuck in my room watching Alcatraz and reading Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie (owner of TOMS shoes). I rented Alcatraz on my plane ride from Charlotte to LAX and instantly fell in love with it. It’s entertaining and only $1.99/ episode on iTunes. I have been reading a lot too. Since December, I’ve picked up 3 books (that’s a lot for me lol) and have been reading about entrepreneurship. As I’m double majoring, my degree in business is only for general business administration so I’m trying to teach myself about entrepreneurship. I’m reading about success stories and starting to gather my thoughts about creating my own business.
I’ve been recognizing lately that I really do like my alone time, but I get a little depressed. I know I do it to myself, but I find it relaxing to be alone. Of course I’m first in line to do anything with friends, but I’m not really going out to find people. I think all this rain has just done this to me for the last week, but I need the rain to stop. All of my shoes are wet, I don’t have an umbrella, and to top things off, I’m drenched when I go to class. <— Annoying!
This place is beautiful. I feel like I’m at a resort. Moving in wasn’t too bad. The staff are friendly and I got to meet my roommates right away. The Sunshine Coast is perfect for me.
So far, I’ve hopped on the bus to the beach, went shopping for necessities, bought a nice bottle of Bacardi and had an epic night last night. My favorite place so far is Mooloolaba. It’s literally a beach town you would see in a magazine/ movie. The town is fully of life and a pretty diverse crowd.
My advice for anyone studying abroad in Australia is to relax. Living is so easy here. The only downside that I’ve experienced so far is how ridiculously expensive everything is in Australia.
My goals for this week: 1) Meet new people, 2) find a kangaroo, 3) buy a cell phone, & 4) find a small job