Study Abroad Stories: Journey through the Whitsundays
In the audio clip, I tell the story of how several friends I made while studying abroad and I traveled to the Whitsundays on the east coast of Australia right before Covid-19 started to impact the world. I describe the beauty of the islands where we traveled and about the people I was with and able to meet.
My friends jumped, I followed. One night my friends told me they were going cliff jumping at the crack of dawn the next morning and it took me a minute and I decided I would join them. Before this, I disliked the ocean and would not have trusted myself to jump into it from a cliff. I realized I was holding myself back to have fun and gage new experiences. Now it is my most measurable example of how much I changed throughout my study abroad experience.Listen
My friends and I took on Ireland the only way we knew how, which was by train. Public transportation became a huge part of my life while abroad, which was surprising to me considering I had never been on a train system in my life prior my time in Ireland. Throughout my many train rides, I learned more about myself and the hope for a future of easily accessible public transportation in the United States. In these next five minutes, I give you a good idea of what it was like for me. Enjoy!Listen
My time in the Dominican was amazing. However, I had to deal with a lot of health issues that truly tested my resiliency and my ability to push through difficult times. I wanted to make sure that despite what I was going through, I did not miss out on anything that my peers were taking part in and because of that, I got more out of my trip than I would have had I simply sat back and complained about the situation I was in.
In this story, I reflect on some hard-hitting topics that I experienced in Perth, Western Australia. These stories are hard to hear and harder to tell, but they come with knowledge that can be used throughout the globe. The purpose of telling these stories is for us to reflect on the ethnocentrism in the United States.Listen