All posts by Carina Consolo

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

Australian Beaches

Prior to coming to Australia, I was aware of all the dangerous animals here. However, when I got here I was surprised to learn that most deaths in Australia actually occur in the ocean. In each orientation and in my Introduction to Sydney Environment course, I was made aware of all the water safety rules ...

Intro to Sydney Environment

I came abroad to UNSW for their tailored term 2. As a result, I had an intensive course that only lasted 4 weeks and I chose to take Introduction to Sydney Environment. Some main differences I have noticed in Australia is the grading system. The average grade is about a 65 with 50 being passing ...

Australian Halloween

This week I got to spend my first holiday in Australia. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday back home, especially since living in PA. I have had easy access to all the different haunted houses and costume events. However, I realized while here, Australia does not celebrate as intensely. There is no farm land ...

Different Perspectives on Home

A reoccurring theme in all my classes has been about the idea of home. I am often asked what is my definition of home and where is my home. I have never actually thought about this question. Some may respond with the country they live in, the actual roof over their head, family, or even ...

Uniqueness Within Australia

Australia contains a lot of unique qualities culturally and environmentally. Australia happens to be a very culturally diverse country, particularly due to their Indigenous peoples. There are over 500 different clan groups or “nations” around Australia, each with their own unique culture. They have their own languages and ceremonial rituals. In these rituals they used ...

UNSW Village

Finding housing can be one of the most stressful aspects of coming abroad. Will I be in a good location? How does one pay rent in international currency? Will I like my flatmates? How will I inspect the place without being in the country? It is normal to have no idea how any looks/works in ...

Start of Something New

It was time for the long awaited University of New South Wales Orientation. I was excited to be able to get back into a routine and meet new people, but I was also nervous to enter a campus where I knew no one and start classes that I did not know the teaching styles. I ...

Exploring Down Under

I had a week before classes started, so I decided to cram all the adventures I could during this time. Thankfully, I was in a hostel in Paddington, which happens to be right by Oxford Street, which leads right into Sydney CBD area.  As I was walking, I passed by Hyde Park, a place that ...

Reality Strikes

Jet lag is very real when you enter this part of the world. It is hard to get a baring on time and sleep. When I initially got here, I was up 3am everyday and would fall asleep between 6-8. After a couple days, my body adjusted to the time zone and I decided to ...

Welcome to Australia

Moments before Arrival Australia had always been a dream of mine. The flight was not as bad as I had thought it would be; given the vast amount of food that was given during flight, the ability to watch movies on the screens behind the chair, and the pure excitement of traveling. This was a ...