Category: Australia

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 ...

Wait—They Don’t Call It That Here

I’ve come to learn that disappointment is often the result of unmet expectations. So, I figured it would be best to have few and simple expectations throughout this study abroad experience. After I attended my first class, however, I quickly realized a subconscious expectation I made. As the professor began speaking, there was a slight ...

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 ...

A Peaceful Place

Want to take a wild guess at which week in the term has me feeling so blue? Yes, week five. I’ve experienced this week time and again at Drexel. To my surprise, week five at UNSW doesn’t differ much. I definitely shed a tear or two in the library, but I made it through! “Study ...

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 ...

Settling In

It took about four days for the jet lag to completely pass. However, UNSW’s international student orientation was only two days after my arrival in Sydney, so I had to get my act together quickly. If you’ve never experienced jet lag before, like me, just know that the feeling is very similar to the aftermath ...