All posts by Carina Consolo

Studying abroad at UNSW in Australia as a finance major for the Fall term

Bushfires

This week I experienced being in a zone with a high risk of bushfires. Back home, there are not many forests or regions near me that experience these. Prior to coming to Australia, I was unaware of how high risk they are. The first time I had heard about bushfires here was in my Sydney ...

Snakes

One of the reasons people fear coming to Australia are the many dangerous animals. Australia happens to have the 3 deadliest snakes in the world; the brown snake, mainland tiger snake, and the coastal taipan. Although they have some of the deadliest animals, that should not be the reason why you do not come to ...

Random Oz Facts

Since being here, I have realized how little I truly knew about Australia prior to coming here. I have learned a lot of different things related to their lifestyle, culture, and the environment. Here are some experiences I have encountered and cool things I have realized: Grocery stores are much smaller here; they do not ...

Coffee Culture

Coffee is a big thing in Australia. Many people enjoy going to cafes every morning and enjoying a nice long black or flat white. Unlike in America where a lot of people just get a quick coffee to go, people here enjoy sitting and taking their time drinking their coffee. Each cafe is unique in ...

Every Rose has its Thorn

When I first got here, my friend asked me what my roses and thorns were. I had no idea what she was talking about. She explained that back at home, everyday her and her family would list the roses, which were the good/best things that happened in the day, and the thorns, which were the ...

Making the Most of Abroad Experience

It is crazy how fast time goes by when studying abroad. Prior to coming, it felt like time was so slow and all the numerous questions about how this experience was going to be was constantly going around in my head. Then, I got here, adjusted, met a lot of cool people, and started to ...

Halfway point

It’s crazy to think my study abroad experience is halfway done. I have been here for almost 3 months now and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have had the opportunity to travel to different parts of the country and truly engulf myself in the culture within Australia. I ...

Living on a Budget

We all go into studying abroad having some knowledge that it will be expensive. It can be difficult to manage how much you are spending in USD in a different currency. It is also inevitable to avoid certain expenses, such as rent, groceries, and school books. However, there are ways to properly budget and save ...

Becoming a Foodie

Unlike in America where a lot of food options are Americanized, Australian restaurants stick to authentic cuisines. As a result, I have had the opportunity to try a lot of different foods here. Prior to coming I was a very picky eater. I always preferred things plainer than most and I never really liked seafood. ...

Exploring the Blue Mountains

Australia is known for it’s outback and mountainous areas. Not too far from Sydney, there’s a large area of just beautiful hikes and scenery in the Blue Mountains. On my first trip to the mountains, I had the opportunity to see the Three Sisters. This rock formation holds a significant history in Aboriginal legends and ...