Stepping outside a comfort zone is something a lot of individuals struggle with throughout their lives. If it’s truly out of one’s comfort zone, it is never easy. For introverts, there is nothing we dislike more than being pushed past our limits. For me, I have always enjoyed staying in for a quiet, relaxing evening, rather than going out all night. I’ve delighted in the familiarities of home, and never cared much for travelling too far. However, after going on an overseas holiday for a few weeks, something changed. I was bitten by the travel bug, and I realised there was so much more in the world to see and new journeys to go on. But travelling costs money, and so for a while I was stuck. I had work and study commitments. Then, an opportunity arose. Read more
A lot of us develop a certain level of curiosity when we leave school. We get our first taste of that promised freedom and we want more. It’s an addiction. We want to learn, experience, and see what the world has to offer. The first thing we think of when it comes to university travel is the exchange program The idea is wild and exotic, but maybe we’re not ready for that commitment just yet. Maybe we’re scared to leave Australia for so long, and maybe we don’t trust ourselves to be self sufficient for 6 months to a year. Most of us have never lived out of home before, let alone in another country. That’s why study tours are the perfect opportunity for students who want a taste of travel without the commitment of an exchange (and maybe score some credit points along the way).
In November last year, I went on a study tour across Europe with a bunch of architecture students. I’m not an “archi” student, but that didn’t stop me from crashing their party. Don’t be afraid of taking advantage of opportunities that different faculties have to offer. That’s when you meet the most interesting people.
We traveled for one month, across Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and The Netherlands. 5 countries, 12 cities.
We landed in Copenhagen at 6am, extremely tired and extremely hungry. Like a beacon in the barely-morning darkness, there they were, in a café window; real Danish Danishes. The smell was overwhelmingly good. It was like the smell of a newborn baby, in pastry form. I mean that in the least cannibalistic way possible. They were soft, and sweet, and I just wanted to take it home and love it forever.
Beautiful… *sheds tear*
Being at uni isn’t just about
slaving away partying procrastinating broadening your knowledge in the classroom. There are so many opportunities to gain new skills, meet new friends and create some fantastic memories, if you know where to find them! One such opportunity the Business School offers is going on a short-term exchange.
Last year in July I was fortunate enough to go on a 2 week short exchange to the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) Summer Camp in Chengdu, China. The university hosted around 60 uni students from countries all around the world – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Africa and the UK to name a few – to broaden our knowledge of Chinese culture, language and business practices.