6 Takeaways from 6 Weeks of Studying Abroad in Australia
Studying and interning abroad with CEA CAPA is an incredible opportunity for personal and academic growth. Sydney, Australia, known for its stunning landscapes and vibrant culture, offers an exceptional learning experience for students from all over the world. As I reflect on my six weeks of studying in Sydney, I gathered six valuable takeaways that have shaped my perspective and left a mark on my academic journey.
- The Work Atmosphere in Sydney
The first takeaway from the trip is the work atmosphere in Sydney. Sydney’s laid-back lifestyle, combined with a strong emphasis on work-life balance, left a lasting impression on me. Australians prioritize leisure and recreation, which allowed me to take advantage of the opportunity to spend time around the city’s beautiful beaches and outdoor spaces. Balancing my academic and internship commitments with different leisure activities like coastal walks helped me maintain my mental health and well-being and not get overwhelmed. The importance of achieving a work-life balance is a valuable lesson I’ll carry with me throughout my academic and professional journey.
2. Experiencing New Cultures
One of my most significant takeaways from my time in Sydney was the opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture. Engaging with locals and experiencing their way of life enriched my understanding of the world. From visiting iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House to sampling diverse cuisines in Chinatown, each experience exposed me to Australia’s unique culture.
3. Appreciating Nature
Australia’s natural wonders are breathtaking, and Sydney is no exception. In Sydney I got to see the Blue Mountains and Royal National Park, both of which provided me a perfect escape from my studies. Outside of Sydney there are also plenty of beautiful natural wonders. I had the privilege to see two of them, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. After seeing how much Australia does to ensure they preserve these natural wonders it reminded me how important it is for everyone else to do the same.
4. Increased Confidence
Studying abroad in Sydney provided me with a newfound sense of independence and self-discovery. Being away from home challenged me to navigate unfamiliar surroundings and make decisions on my own. I discovered hidden strengths and capabilities within myself, which boosted my confidence. The experience of living in a foreign country and overcoming various challenges has broadened my perspective, encouraging me to embrace new opportunities. This was brought home to me soon after my program, as after my semester in Sydney I took a solo trip to Fiji and explored multiple islands there.
5. Career Experience
My internship abroad in Sydney provided me with ample opportunities for networking and professional growth. Engaging with my different coworkers allowed me to expand my professional network and gain insights into different career paths. These connections and experiences will undoubtedly benefit me in my future endeavors.
6. Fostering Lifelong Connections
Lastly, one of the most rewarding takeaways from my time in Sydney was the lifelong friendships I made with other students from colleges all over the U.S. I now have connections and friendships from all over the States, along with connections from Australia. The memories we created together serve as a reminder of the enriching value of fostering meaningful relationships during educational journeys abroad.
Overall, studying abroad in Sydney was a transformative experience, which left me with invaluable takeaways that extend beyond academics. The lessons I learned in Sydney will shape my personal and professional development for years to come. From the memories created, friendships forged, and the skills I developed, this summer study abroad program has been an unforgettable chapter in my life.
Jason Bliss is an official blogger for Summer '23, sharing his story in frequent posts on our blog. A Marketing and Supply Chain Management major at University of Pittsburgh, he is studying and interning abroad in Sydney this semester. All views expressed are his own and may or may not reflect the experiences of other students.
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