Major: Recreation, Parks and Leisure
International College of Management,
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
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
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
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