#NOTMELBOURNEFL

Couple of things to note:

  1. I am studying in Melbourne, Australia (pronounced MEL-BEN)
  2. The date of my post reads February 23rd, 2019. In the USA we format the date as (MM/DD/YYYY). However, in Australia, it is formatted as (DD/MM/YYYY). Also, I am a whopping 16 hours ahead, so although the post date states Friday the 22nd, it is Saturday the 23rd here. Yes, that does mean I can tell each of your futures 😉

G’day Bulls! My name is Angelica Nguyen, but you can call me Angie. I am a little late to uploading my first post because of some connectivity issues. Who would’ve thought accessing wifi would be the hardest part of this trip!

Now that I have the internet under my control, I am excited to say that I am writing this blog as sit in my dorm at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia! For the Floridians that are reading this, a few of you may know that we actually have a Melbourne in Florida and I’m sure as you read that you pronounced Melbourne “MEL-BURN.” I made this mistake when I first arrived here, but quickly learned the proper pronunciation after I received many looks of horror while asking for directions at the airport. So, with that being said, let’s agree we will be careful to read Melbourne as “MEL-BEN” for the remainder of my blog.

So, how’d I end up here in Melbourne (did you say it right)? Over the summer, I decided I wanted to study abroad for a semester. There were many factors as to why (i.e. seeking an international experience, wanting to gain a global perspective, hoping to hear something other than politics when I turned on the news) but more than anything, I wanted to try something new. I had only been out of the States once before for a two-week service trip to Peru through the Honors College and that experience gave me a taste of what it would be like to live abroad. Since then, I have been seeking opportunities to live abroad, and when I found the Deakin Exchange Program I knew I had to go. Australia was really attractive to me because of its landscape. It has the best of both worlds: mountains and beaches and mountains on the beach (see above)! I knew I would get along well, so deciding to study in Australia was easy, and at Deakin even more so because of its top-rated business program. Here, I am technically pursuing a “Bachelors of Business Analytics” but I am also taking courses or as they say “units” in finance and women studies. One class I am excited to take is called Love, Sex, & Death. The name alone sold me and once I read the syllabus I thought “Whaaaattt? This is a class?!” I will be sure to dedicate a blog to that unit once the trimester begins so stay tuned! *Side note: Deakin has trimesters instead of semesters, so you get the same amount of credits but in less time!*

I am now realizing that I’m talking all about my program but still haven’t really told you about me, so here’s a quick rundown:

  • In the States, I go by my full name Angelica, but I thought it would kind of be cool to take on another identity here, so I decided to go by Angie.
  • I am Vietnamese and Brazilian but unfortunately don’t speak either of the languages ☹
  • At USF, I work on campus at Career Services as a Career Peer Advisor with the best group of coworkers ever ❤ (Go visit them if you need help writing or editing your resume or cover letter!)
  • I love to dance, play football, and watch binge Netflix (Top 3 Recs: The Office, Sex Education, & Big Mouth)
  • What do I hope to accomplish while I am here? In short:
    • Academically, I would like to focus more on my minor in Women Studies because I am considering a career in Women’s Health.
    • Professionally, I hope to either obtain an internship while I am here or work towards having one set up for the fall semester in the States.
    • Personally, I want to befriend students from all over so I will always have a reason to travel. I want to get involved in more sports like fishing and mountain biking. I want to learn something new about myself. Oh! And I want to visit the Australia Zoo and meet the Irwin’s!

Off topic, but does anybody else struggle to talk about themselves? I just spent 45 minutes staring at the ceiling thinking, “Who am I?”

All jokes aside, I want to take a moment to give a huge thank you to the Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarship Endowment, the Education Abroad office, my advisors, my friends, and my family and all the individuals who made this experience possible. I faced quite a few obstacles getting here, but I had so many great people assist me through it all, so thank you!

That’s all for now, folks. If you’d like to follow me on my journey, I will be posting once a week with updates and answering any questions you all may have so feel free to comment below. Thank you so much for reading!

Catch You Later,

Angie

One thought on “#NOTMELBOURNEFL

  1. wow angie! It seems like you are already assimilating yourself to the australian culture quite well! glad to see you have been studious and focusing on schoolwork abroad! looking forward to your future posts 🙂

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