Australian Adventure {Traveling Abroad}

July 11, 2013

Five years ago, I decided to do something a little crazy. It was something I was introduced to as a Freshman, but had written off because I figured it would never happen. However, as a Junior, a little older and a little wiser, the thought entered my mind again and it was something I could not shake. What am I talking about? Studying abroad.

As soon as I decided for myself that I wanted to pursue studying abroad, I had to figure out where I wanted to go. My alma mater, MUW, works with IFSA-Butler to facilitate study abroad opportunities, and they offer programs all over the world, from China to New Zealand and Scotland. There were so many places I wanted to go, but I wanted to choose a program that was available during the summer so I wouldn’t miss a full term of college. That’s when I discovered a 6 week program in Perth, Australia. It was a program studying the aboriginal culture of the area and the credits could be substituted and applied to my religions minor I was working on. I was so excited about the possibility of living a dream and going to Australia, but I had to convince my family to jump on board. It didn’t take much convincing and once my family was in agreement, my next hurdle was figuring out how I was going to pay for my travels. Thankfully, the study abroad advisor at MUW helped me apply for loans and scholarships available to students wanting to study in a foreign country. With everything settled, I applied for my passport, bought my plane tickets and waited anxiously as the date approached for my departure.

On June 19, 2008, I landed in Perth, Australia and thus my adventure began. One perk to studying through IFSA-Butler was that they supplied me with a mentor to meet up with me every few weeks, show me around and take me to eat. They also provided me with a cell phone. My mentor’s name was Vicki, and she was very nice and helpful. After taking me to eat and showing me around, Vicki took me to my flat in the Village at Murdoch University and left.

For the next 6 weeks I delved into the world of aboriginal/indigenous studies. The course consisted of 4 weeks of in class teaching and projects, followed by 2 weeks of field trips to various significant sites throughout the Nyungar region. The Nyungar was the indigenous group we were studying.

The in class studies were interesting, but actually getting out and exploring the country was my favorite part and it’s something I will never forget.

So what else did I do while I was in Australia? Take a look!

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Made some friends

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Met and pet some cute creatures

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Saw some amazing things

Going to Australia changed my life. I ventured there all alone. It was my first time leaving the country and my first time to ever be on a plane. It pushed me outside my comfort zone and made me realize just how strong and independent I can be. I can’t believe it’s been almost 5 years. My heart still aches when I think of all the wonderful memories I made in the land down under.

As they say in Australia…

Cheers!

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headshotChelsey is a small town girl, full-time paralegal and part-time blogger. She’s happily married to her best friend, and lives in Columbus with him and their two cats. She loves clothes, shoes, and all things girly. She collects Pyrex cups and loves all things vintage/nostalgic. She has crazy sweet tooth but remedies that by running and hitting the gym frequently. Her blog is about her life, love and dreams. Vist her at The Fair Fox!

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