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Study and Internships in Sydney

The Culture Shock of Home

After three amazing and life-changing months, I’ve returned to my quaint hometown of Superior, WI. Superior seems like a polar opposite universe compared to Sydney. Maybe that’s just because Superior is like the North Pole temperature-wise compared to Sydney. As I left the marvelous sunny beaches and great city from down under, I returned to below freezing temperatures and snow… Besides the low temperatures, life has been what I’d call “normal” or “back to the old grind.” I honestly haven’t felt what I’d consider that great of a reverse culture shock […]

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Study Abroad Tips for Sydney

Traveling to a new country for a study abroad program can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. Everything I’m going to talk about below is specifically geared towards future CAPA Sydney students, but other people may find it interesting to see what it is actually like to live like a local. I’ve compiled a grab bag of tips for living in Sydney, tips for leaving home, how to survive the snakes, spiders (kidding…maybe), and other predators on your walk to the train, and some general information about what your […]

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Speaking Like An Australian

In your best American accent, I want you to say these three words: good eye might. Now say them a little faster. And faster. Blend them together. Faster again! Faster and forget about annunciation! Andddddd…. I believe you just said G’day mate. Right? See, you’re well on your way to sounding just like an Aussie! Once more, I want you to see these three words: raise up lights. Now say them faster, and faster, and faster, and faster! It should sound like you’re saying “razor blades” with an Aussie accent! Alright, mates, […]

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Expectations

Before coming to Straya (Australia) I had no idea what I was going to encounter. I knew some of the stereotypes associated with Australia, so I had some vague expectations. But in reality, a lot of my expectations have turned out to be just plain wrong! I’m going to go over my top 10 expectations that I had coming to Australia and answer whether or not I’ve found them to be true. Hopefully this will help you if you ever wondered what the Land Down Under is actually like! 1. […]

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Zoo and the Great Barrier Reef

After living somewhere for a while, you can really begin to spot tourists. This is especially true in Sydney, where they are seemingly everywhere. After I did a lot of touristy things in the beginning of my trip, I’ve been trying out places that locals go to so that I can get a taste of what Sydney is like from that perspective. Some people who travel or study abroad may look down upon doing some of the touristy things after a while, arguing that you aren’t a tourist anymore. Sometimes […]

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Les Mis in Sydney

A classic tale of redemption, honor, and love: this musical set in 19th century France delivers a truly inspirational and unforgettable performance that will leave you wanting more. Seeing Les Mis at Capitol Theatre in Sydney was the third time I had seen the play, the second time live. While I thoroughly enjoyed the movie version (after I had time to appreciate it), I personally feel that a live performance intensifies the experience. I am by no means a qualified musical critic, but I will share my views on the Sydney performance, how […]

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Spring Break Trip to New Zealand

Kia Ora! This week I said goodbye to Australia and hello to New Zealand for my spring holiday! The land of the kiwis is sweet as! This week has been absolutely incredible, possibly the best week of my entire life, and I don’t think I ever want to leave. After you see some of the pictures I took, I think you’ll want to start making travel plans for New Zealand right quick. I’ll take you along my daily adventures and show you the sights! FRIDAY Today’s the day! Leaving my […]

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Men at Work

“I’m living in a land down under, where women glow, and men plunder.” I also intern at Developing Markets Associates (DMA), but Men at Work title seemed to be perfect for a blog on working. I’m currently on my 6th week as a research and data analyst at the DMA Sydney office. DMA is a multi-service consultancy that specializes in remittances, financial literacy programs, and investment summits. My work revolves primarily around the remittance and financial literacy side of the business. In short, DMA manages a remittance comparison website for Asia/Pacific […]

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Running My First Marathon

Running my first marathon in Sydney was both one of the worst and best experiences of my entire life. After months of preparation, I ran in the Blackmore’s Sydney marathon on September 20th in 3 hours and 25 minutes. I learned a lot about myself during the race and was able to take away some broader life lessons afterwards. I hated running with a passion. You probably wouldn’t expect someone who just ran a marathon for “fun” to hate running. Alas, it’s true. But I wanted to try something new and […]

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Chinatown in Sydney

Lively, authentic, and vibrant all describe the energetic atmosphere that is Chinatown. While exploring Chinatown you’ll find endless dining options, a sprawling market center, and a unique subculture located right in the heart of Sydney. My Intercultural Communications class went on a tour of Chinatown and learned about the history and cultural significance of the area. I’ll touch on what I learned about Chinatown and some of my own personal experiences while seeing the sights! On a sunny, but blustery day we began out excursion through Chinatown at Capital Theatre. […]

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Life Without a Cell Phone

You might be wondering, “How in today’s society can anyone go a week without using their smartphone or social media!? What are you thinking? What about all the Facebook statuses, Tweets, Snapchats, YouTube videos, calling, texting, and all the other online things that you’ll be ‘missing’ out on?” How on earth can I survive in a foreign country without Google Maps to lead me around and give me step-by-step directions? Well, I decided to conduct a little social experiment by going a week without using my iPhone or social media. […]

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Rugby: Bulldogs vs. Warriors

I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly big sports fan. I’ve played sports all my life and religiously follow my favorite teams. But I’ve never experienced a rugby match before. This past Sunday, the CAPA program took all the students to a Bulldogs vs. Warriors rugby game at ANZ Stadium. I have one friend who plays rugby and I’ve seen Invictus, but that didn’t help me much. I thought rugby was just like American football (gridiron according to Aussies) except with no pads or rules. I just figured that each […]

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The Five Senses

It’s been a week and I feel like a local already. Okay, maybe I still do all the touristy things like walk on the wrong side of the street and stop and stare at the Opera House every time I see it, but I definitely feel more at home in Sydney! I’m going to share some of the sights and sounds from trip so far. Enjoy! SIGHTS Sydney offers a breathtakingly beautiful city, full of stunning locations, from the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape to the stylish architectural designs. […]

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A Second Home

That. Flight. Was. Sooo Longgggg. I left LA on Monday August 24th and arrived in Sydney on Wednesday August 26th. I’m not sure what happened to Tuesday, but I think I may have just time traveled. I was sore and stiff after getting off the plane, but I could not have been happier. Transitioning to a foreign culture is always difficult, but seeing that everything was in English definitely made it easier. And seeing palm trees in winter. I really liked that. Everything seemed surreal as my new friends and I […]

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Expectations

Studying abroad is possibly the greatest college experience I’ve ever had. I’d highly encourage anyone who has not studied abroad before or is considering studying abroad again to, in the words of NIKE and Shia Labeouf, “Just do it!” There are so many benefits of studying abroad and the impact that it has on your life is immeasurable. In case you’re wondering how I can say this before I even leave for Sydney, it is because I studied abroad for a month in Istanbul, Turkey two years ago. As odd […]

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