Stacy Rix
International College of Management, Sydney, Australia

Why did you decide to study abroad and why did you choose your 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 an amazing experience to put toward my career.

A Day At The Zoo

Melanie Mituta - AustraLearn Internship, Sydney, Australia

MelanieCrocodiles, kookaburras and koalas, oh my! For ten solid weeks I had spent my time doing an internship at the Cairns Tropical Zoo in Far North Queensland, Australia. Growing up, I would have never thought I'd be spending my days feeding a 16.5ft crocodile, talking to cockatoos and nursing a joey (baby) wallaby. These were a few of the most incredible job duties I was able to participate in during my time abroad. The ten weeks were divided equally among the reptile, bird and mammal department of the zoo, so I would be able to gain a broad spectrum of experience with each different type of animal. In each department I gained knowledge in the species native to Australia, which are extremely unique compared to all other species.

Teaching in the Land Down Under

Amy Hepworth - Canberra, Australia

I have the travel bug.  For as long as I can remember, I have dreamt about visiting far off places . . . traveling all over the world and experiencing different cultures.  And at the top of my list of places to visit was Australia.  I fell in love with the beauty of the country through pictures and movies such as The Man From Snowy River and come on, who doesn’t love the accent? I always thought it would remain a dream, a wonderful but unrealistic dream.  Then I discovered the student teaching abroad program for Canberra, Australia, and the dream became reality.

It Feels Like Yesterday

Ashley Hovey - UTS, Sydney, Australia

Preparing yourself to leave is the hardest thing. The family members and friends I would miss while away constantly crept into my mind. People would tell me to take it all'll all pass by too quickly. I was skeptical, for I was about to travel halfway around the world to study at The University of Technology Sydney in Australia for five months. Five months is a long time! Or so I thought at first.

I look back now and can't believe how fast it all went by. It's cliché to say "It feels like yesterday..." but truly, that is what it feels like. I can picture the images of saying goodbye to my family, and remember what it felt like to leave. However, I can say it wasn't nearly as hard saying goodbye to those amazing people I met while studying in Australia. One person in particular I became extremely close with, a girl from Australia herself.​