Category: Australia

Rainforests

I have never been a nature person. I always loved going on hikes and adventures outdoors, but plants and trees and bugs were not my thing. But since in Australia, I have been able to explore and appreciate a lot of the natural habitats and rainforests. Nature is a big part of the Australian lifestyle ...

History of Australia

It’s crazy how little I truly knew about Australian history prior to coming here. A penal colony once occupied by mostly prisoners turned into a global city. My Australian studies class focuses on the history within the different suburbs in Sydney and basically the history of how it came to be. A main focus in ...

Great Barrier Reef

I could not come to Australia and not discover the Great Barrier Reef, so I decided to take a trip one weekend to explore one of the wonders of the world. I took a sailing trip through the reef for 3 days and snorkeled with all the sea animals, and got to see parts of ...

Catching Waves

I’ve never been surfing. Growing up, that wasn’t an activity my Mom even considered signing me up for. I was the girl in dance school, girl scouts, and guitar lessons. None of my friends were surfers either. When a spokesperson from Surf Camp Australia pitched the opportunity at UNSW’s international student orientation, I was quite ...

On-Campus Life

Prior to Australia, I was unaware of what the UNSW campus was like. I had tried doing all the research and gathering information from the school’s websites, but it was hard to actually see if students participated much. Once I got here, I realized most Australian students do not live on campus, let alone participate ...

Lessons in Investment

I was in my final few weeks of a pediatric clinical during the Summer term, when my nursing friend, Grace, gave me a piece of advice. She had just returned from studying abroad in London, and was a great sounding board for some of the issues I was facing in preparation for Australia. Out of ...

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 ...

Weekend Splendor

As a market and festival fanatic, Australia certainly does not lack in this department. After an intense week of uni work, I love knowing there are heaps of Saturday markets and Sunday festivals to explore during the weekend. Lesson Learned #4—If you’re looking for any of these things—love, art, expression, good conversation—well I have the ...