Stacy Rix

Stacy Rix

Major: Recreation, Parks and Leisure 

Services Administration

International College of Management,

Sydney, Australia


Why did you decide to study abroad, and why did you choose your specific program?

I studied abroad because, ever since I arrived at CMU as a freshman, I knew that I wanted to do something exciting that would make me grow as a person and have my very own adventure. Living in another country helped me find what I was looking for in life and also gave me amazing experience to put towards my career.


Describe your favorite class(es) from abroad.

My favorite class was an event class. I learned so much about lighting, colors, and all kinds of decorations. The classes were very hard. You had to put in a lot more effort because they grade completely differently. They had a very definite structure, which you were expected to follow. They set up the classes so that you had to do specific things by certain days. The professors were friendly and willing to help you really learn the material by using real life situations.


What was housing like during your study abroad experience?

I lived on campus, in an old seminary. I liked to call it the “Castle on a hill by the beach”. I lived with a student from California and a student from South Korea.


What advice would you like to give to future study abroad students?

It’s not always easy. You will get homesick and you will get tired. You have to learn to push through it and enjoy every moment.


In what way do you feel that your experience abroad has prepared you for your future career?

I have learned so many valuable things about my major and ways to promote myself with a professional image. I also learned how to work with diverse people from all over the world.


What is a fact about your host country that you think people would be surprised to learn?

Sydney is very diverse. It’s a city - you don't just find those Australian animals everywhere you go! The east coast is very populated, while the west coast is extremely rural.


What was your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it and/or grow as a result?

My greatest challenge was one of my classes. It was extremely difficult and you had to learn to work with others from many other countries. I took it one day at a time and tried to focus on what others were saying.