My name is Pat Messenger and four months ago, I decided to take the biggest step in my life—study abroad. That is right… I have spent the past four months taking different classes at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. I promise, it is a real school. The whole opportunity happened because of the stellar Explorations Office at Baldwin Wallace. They helped me decide which program was best for me and how could I resist the land of kangaroos and koalas?!
Okay, so I would be lying to you if I said that all what I’ve been doing is studying and going to class in the land Down Under… I’ve been traveling and making friends from all over the world. I’ve been to Fraser Island (the best beaches, EVER), MOJO Surf Camp, Byron Bay, Cairns (the Great Barrier Reef), Sydney, Bondi and Manly Beaches, and one of my favorites—NEW ZEALAND!
The experiences I have had in Australia have changed my whole perspective on life. As a senior, public relations major, I have the problem of always being “connected” (AKA always on my iPhone). Well, in Australia, free wifi is not always easy to find, so I survived three months with three different prepaid phones… Yes, three phones in three months: I had this horrible problem of losing my phone. For the past month, I have gone phoneless. It has been an experience, but surprisingly, life does go on with a phone or a smartphone. It is nice not having that annoying distraction when you are meeting people for the first time.
I am currently ecstatic and depressed at the same time. You see, I leave Australia on November 24, that is in FOUR DAYS! I am SO excited to see my family and friends, but I am so sad to be leaving my Australia family behind. This experience and the people I have met will stay with me, for they have taught me so much.
Okay, I guess it is time to get back to business—it is finals week here at the University of the Sunshine Coast… Talk about intimidating. For each class, you are assigned a final time. At the assigned time, you walk over to the MASSIVE stadium and pick up a seat number. You then find your seat and sit there, patiently waiting for the official announcement saying you can begin. The stadium seats up to 800 students during these exam periods and when the announcer speaks, you feel like you are in the Hunger Games during the reaping… Okay, maybe that is a bit dramatic, but woah. I’ve never experienced finals like this. It makes me miss BW that much more. YJ4L.
I look forward to blogging more about my LAST semester at Baldwin Wallace University! Time has went by so fast, but my Dad always told me, “Time flies when you’re having fun!”
I have blogged somewhat extensively about my experiences for the past four months on my personal blog which you can find here: http://www.learnliverepeat.wordpress.com.