Program: UMD Exchange: University of Queensland
Term: Fall 2016
Studying abroad in Australia was an amazing experience that expanded my worldview and helped me to grow as a person. I was lucky enough to be able to meet and make friends with not only many Australians, but many students from all around the world. Through them I was able to view America from their perspectives, and understand myself and my country in a whole new light.
Advice for future #TerpsAbroad: I would tell students who are planning on studying abroad that while we come from different countries with our own firm ideals, it is important to remember that you are choosing to immerse yourself in a different culture, and you should always try your best to respect and learn as much about that culture as possible.
One experience that will always stay with me is my first night in Uluru. Uluru is the big red center of Australia, also known as Ayers Rock. Seeing Uluru at sunrise and sunset was amazing, but the most spectacular view was of the stars at night, unencumbered by any light pollution, shining brighter and clearer than I had ever seen them before.
Advice for future #TerpsAbroad: One thing I wish I knew before going abroad was that I should get a better camera or phone because I wish I had taken more and better quality pictures.