Medaussie #4: Reflecting Back

It’s been just about 2 months since I’ve been here in Australia. Time really does fly by!

With this post, I wanted to take some time to rewind and look back at an experience that really helped me transition into life in Australia.

During my time here I have made a number of friends, all from backgrounds that differ drastically from my own. Future politicians, business, marketing, and healthcare professionals make for a diverse mix of opinions and conversations. Despite hailing from different countries and backgrounds, a majority of us met during my first week in Australia at Deakin University’s Beach Welcome Program.

IMG_5214Before you freak-outThe “Sharks, spiders, and snakes” was a joke by the program administrators. I saw none.

The beach welcome program aims to assist and build confidence in international students to settle into life in Australia. Before the start of the program, students are able to meet their course advisors who are able to assist with any enrollment questions or changes to their class schedule. After an initial orientation on how to transition into Australia, students begin their journey to the coastal town of Lorne for a three day and two night adventure.


Lorne is a coastal town located on Louttit Bay. During the entire stay, students are surrounded by the scenic elegance that is the rising cliffs and bush of the Otway Ranges. Despite its natural grace Lorne has a cosmopolitan feel, with sidewalk cafes, walking tracks, beautiful waterfalls and great surf. Through the program students are able to participate in a range of sporting and social activities such as a surf school class, mountain-biking, hiking, beach volleyball, beach soccer and beach yoga.

Below is a video put together by Deakin that summarizes the entire experience. I’ll be going over my personal experience in further posts.

If you’d like to learn more about the exchange program at Deakin University, click here!

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