Couple of things to note:
- I am studying in Melbourne, Australia (pronounced MEL-BEN)
- 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
- 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,