Tag: study abroad

Sydney vs. Melbourne: Did I pick the right city?

Once I decided that I wanted to study abroad in Australia, the hardest decision was choosing where in Australia. The decision was down to Sydney vs. Melbourne. I had heard great things about both, but was not sure as to which one would end up being the best fit for me. If you ask anyone ...

Mental Health, Midterms, and More Mini-Adventures

“C’est fini, c’est fini!” Still buzzing with lack of sleep and last night’s crammed revisions, I glanced up. The professors were standing at the front of the amphitheater, collecting the Fluid Mechanics exams as students got out of their seats and turned them in. More than wrong answers, I feared for my exam if I ...

Spooky Season in Australia: A shocking realization.

So for as long as I can remember, Halloween has been one of my favorite events of the year. Wearing costumes, eating candy, watching hocus-pocus, what’s not to love? Hence, you can imagine my shock when I heard Australians DO NOT celebrate halloween. Every Australian I asked told me that it had just started to ...

Keeping Up with Sydney

Being such a busy city, there is always something to do in Sydney. The trick is more about finding them and making sure you don’t miss them. Whether you are into pop-up markets, food festivals, or themed parties, there is definitely something for you in Sydney. During my time in this amazing city, I’ve gotten ...

Yes, I’m Actually STUDYING Abroad…

Travels and adventures aside, I did come to Lyon with the explicit purpose of studying abroad. Today, I figured I’d take some time to describe my academic experience here. The process of studying abroad is quite complicated, and the challenges unfortunately don’t get stopped at border control. When I arrived at INSA Lyon, I immediately ...

A Week In Paradise

Having a semester system definitely has its pros and cons. For me, one of the best things is semester break. Just when classes seem like they are never going to end and all the assignments are starting to get overwhelming, that week long break allows you to de-stress and regain your energies. In Australia, there ...

Sydney: The international hub of Australia

Something that caught my eye the moment I got to Australia was its cultural diversity. Initially, I thought Australia would be somewhat similar to the states, but this couldn’t be any further from reality. There is a notable influence in Sydney from a variety of countries. I’ve had the opportunity to meet people from France, ...

Bienvenue à Lyon!

The instructions were simple. Exit the Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport, find the Rhône-Express train, and get off at the Part-Dieu stop. Charlotte, my French friend, had explained it all to me. “I will be waiting for you there,” she said. “It will be easy to find each other!” There was just one small oversight: it was ...

TRAVELING ON A BUDGET

While studying abroad, traveling is a undoubtedly a big part of the experience. You want to explore as many places as possible and in the little amount you have. However, being a student, traveling can get quite expensive. This is why, I’ve decided to leave a few tips on how to travel around Australia on ...

Quizzes, Assignments, and Projects, Oh My!

So far, my time here in Australia has been nothing short of amazing. However, the semester is almost half way done which means deadlines and exams are slowly approaching. For the past few weekends, I’ve had the opportunity to do small weekend trips around the area to places like Byron Bay, the Blue Mountains, and ...