The only negative I can think of to studying abroad is that I had to leave in the middle of summer! 😦 Australia is in the Southern hemisphere and the U.S. in the Northern hemisphere, so while we would be starting our fall semester, they are actually on their spring semester. I joined them in … More I’m Taking Summer Back!
Money – specifically, budgeting money, is a very important part of studying abroad. So important that it needs its own blog post. Especially if you decide to study abroad in one of the most expensive places to live in the world, Australia. My guess as to why everything is so expensive here in comparison to … More Cost of Living
As my semester is wrapping up and I will be heading back to the States soon, I think it’s fitting to talk about the main reason I’m studying abroad in Australia. More specifically why I am in Melbourne, at the number one uni in Australia (fact, I promise), University of Melbourne. From orientation day to finals: … More Australian Studies
A small adventure in Melbourne: Melbourne is a big urban city and, as I’ve mentioned, very different from my hometown. One of the differences I’ve noticed recently is the price of my fruits and veggies. Fruit and vegetables are expensive here; I assume that’s just because the cost of living is high here in Australia, and also becauseI … More Gotta Eat Fruits and Veggies
In California, 63 degrees with wind isn’t necessarily beach weather… but it is in Australia! It seems as though Melbournians jump at any opportunity to hang out by the beach and even layout and sunbathe! While I am in jeans and a sweater, some locals can be found sunglasses and bathing suits on. Just 6 … More Beaches
This Tuesday I took over Rufus Bobcat’s Snapchat (Rufus is UC Merced’s mascot) to show followers what study abroad life is like. So I took them with me during my day wandering around Melbourne -ranked the most livable city in Australia four years in a row! (The locals really love to say that). Beginning at 9 … More Takeover Tuesday!
I know you all have been waiting for my weekend recap, so let’s get to it! In case you didn’t know already, last weekend I traveled to Phillip Island for the weekend to celebrate the end of midterms. I went surfing and actually stood up on the board! I had pictures to show you but… … More Phillip Island