Goodbye Australia, Take it Easy

Goodbye Australia, Take it Easy

As I reminisce this past trip, I can’t help but realize that the some of best two months of my life are now completed. I spent 6 weeks in one of the most beautiful continents in the world, one with a population of some of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I am very thankful for The Washington Center to have allowed me this incredible opportunity, because I know that without them, this wouldn’t have been possible. Instead of lounging around all summer doing nothing, I got work experience, 6 credits worth of class (12 altogether) and a cultural awareness that comes only with studying abroad.

This summer there were two main areas in which students could study, London, England and Sydney, Australia. Choosing Sydney was a very difficult decision, but one that I’m glad I made. Of course, London would have been pretty awesome, but when will a student ever have another chance to travel 15,000 miles to a continent and be immersed in the culture and gain valuable experience as well. Yeah, I’m jealous that the other interns that went to London got to go to the premier red carpet showing of the final Harry Potter, but we also didn’t have to wait 40 hours in the pouring rain. Although I already miss Australia, there are a few things that I lived too long without, such as macaroni and cheese, good pizza, and hamburgers without egg. I'm glad to be home, but I still can’t believe that I spent my whole summer so far away from all of my friends and family.

I would like to describe to you how awesome my trip actually was, but I can’t seem to find the words that would actually portray how I actually feel. Yeah, that sounds cheesy, but seriously! It was SO AWESOME! I met some life-long friends and just had one of the most amazing experiences that any student could ever ask for. One thing that I would tell any student reading this is to STUDY ABROAD!! There is nothing like getting the chance to travel to a place otherwise unvisited. Traveling, and working abroad also gives future employers an added reason to hire you instead of another potential employee. It really sets you apart from other students applying for similar jobs, something that is a major advantage given the current economic downturn of the United States.

Once again I would like to thank The Washington Center for the opportunity to be a part of your program. You provided me with a lifelong memory of one of the greatest summers of my life. I hope more people realize the opportunities that you are presenting to students. I found the program to be cheap, affordable, and most importantly, the most memorable time of my life. For all of you thinking of being a part of this program, but aren’t 100% sure, DO IT! You will not regret it at all, that I can guarantee. Peace.

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