Name: Corey Caron
Class of 2015
University: University of Wollongong
Location: Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Partner: Arcadia University
Semester Abroad: Fall 2013
Duration: 4 months. July-November
Reason for going: I wanted to see more of the world and I may never get the chance to go again.
Best experience/memory: Skydiving out over the ocean and landing on the beach of Wollongong or snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef.
Funny cultural experience: We found out the hard way that flip flops are called ‘thongs’ over there.
How was the school different from Bryant University? The school was a lot larger and had once a week lectures along with a tutorial for each lecture instead of class two or three times a week like we have. Also the housing is scattered throughout the town so buses are the best way to get to class without walking twenty minutes.
How did this experience change you? I now have a greater sense of adventure. It showed me that there is much more to the world than what we see, and now I want to go explore it.
Would you study abroad again given the opportunity? Definitely. It was a great way to explore places I may never get to again.
My piece of advice would be to make sure to plan what trips you want to take before you go. Don’t wait too long to plan anything and don’t wait on anyone because you’ll never get to do everything you want.