G’day! My name is Jennifer Ta, and I’m a senior at UW studying Marketing and Psychology. I am currently studying abroad at Macquarie University in the wonderful– Sydney, Australia!
All I can say about my study abroad experience so far, is that—it has been amazing! I really wish that I started earlier. The people here are extremely friendly and the university caters really well to study abroad and exchange students. Getting to Australia took a while, but the university arranged for a driver to come pick me up at the airport and whisk me away to my dorm.
Macquarie University has a buddy program that pairs study abroad students with a local student that has studied or wants to study abroad in your country (for me, it was the U.S.). Through the buddy program, I met a girl from Arizona with the same buddy and we ended up being on the same flight. I had a couple days to spare before orientation and we both did a pre-orientation trip together up to the Blue Mountains. It was a really great way of meeting people from my school and from places all over the world.
Living in the dorms is a great way of meeting people, I’ve been there for about a month now and I’m still getting to know people! The dorms (residential colleges) aren’t anything fabulous, but they provide 3-squared meals a day—which is great for me because I can’t cook. There’s always something to do which is the greatest part.
Studying has become one of the hardest things to do, but people here take their studying really seriously. The library’s always packed. In any case, I should probably get back to doing that myself. In the meantime, enjoy some of the pictures I’ve taken.