Hanna is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing, Finance, and International Business major at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.
In this week's post, Hanna counts 4 reasons why you should study abroad and shares fun facts and stories she's learned from her time in Sydney.
Honestly, it has been challenging to get back to the routine of going to classes and internship after an adventurous spring break in New Zealand. However, as I realized we have only about a month of the program left, I spent some time reflecting on my study abroad.
Thus, I am dedicating this post to the reasons why it is worth studying abroad, and especially why you should visit Australia.
1. See the World
One of the biggest reasons is the opportunity to see the world! With programs like this students are able to see new countries, experience new cultures, people, customs, and activities. You are exposed to a completely new world that has so much to offer and teach us.
2. Valuable Educational Asset
Studying abroad is of course a valuable educational asset. Taking classes outside of your university is like stepping outside of your comfort zone. It might be challenging, but it is also an opportunity to be exposed to knowledge and information with a different perspective on the world.
3. New Career Path
For many of us, it could be a great chance to explore and learn new career opportunities, maybe consider an international career.
4. New Side of You
It really brings out new characteristics in you. I want to emphasize on the incredible and unique experience that could be gained through studying abroad. I have noticed it in myself and in people around me. We are becoming more independent, more curious, and more open-minded. I believe that all these features are rarely considered and often underestimated in one’s personality. They are often challenging to acquire, but so favorable throughout the life.
Besides sharing my thoughts on why I think it is worth it to study abroad, I've collected some interesting facts and stories about Australia that I have found throughout my time here. Some of them are from stories shared by other people, while others are tidbits that came about from my own research. Hopefully you will find them interesting and funny, and maybe some of them will motivate you to come visit this beautiful country.
Enjoy the flow of random and fun facts!
- There are three times as many sheep than people living in Australia.
- Koalas are those iconic creatures that everyone associate with Australia. You might probably associate it with some people you already know, as koalas sleep for about 20 hours per day! And usually the for the other 4 hours of the day, they eat eucalyptus. What a chill lifestyle, right?
- The Kangaroo and emu were chosen to be the two animals on the Australian Coat of Arms because they can't walk backwards. This reflects a forward-thinking culture
- Australia holds the record for largest margin of victory in an international soccer match, beating American Samoa 31-0. It must have been a match with a very intriguing final!
- Australia is the 6th largest country in the world in terms of land area. It is also the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
- The Great Barrier Reef, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia, is regarded as the world's largest living organism. It is often listed as one of the 'Seven Wonders of the Natural World.' I haven’t visited the place yet, but it is definitely on my bucket list.
- Each week, 70 tourists overstay their visas. Oooopss…They probably really enjoyed their time here; and I don’t blame them. However, Australian government can be pretty strict, so I would not recommend getting in trouble here.
- Everyone knows this famous landmark in Sydney—the Opera House. However, did you know that if all the sails of its roof were combined, they would create a perfect sphere? The architect was inspired while eating an orange.
- Here is another fun fact: Wi-Fi was invented in Australia. It is therefore hard to imagine that Australia ranks 46th place in the world in terms of Internet speed. A lot of us have been struggling with having the same access we're used to back in the U.S.
Do you want to know more? Keep reading to see more fun stories.
- So, this week in one of my classes, a professor mentioned that Melbourne used to be called ‘Batmania.’ The city was briefly name after John Batman, one of its founders.
This next one is probably one of my favorite stories.
- Apparently, some Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. Maybe that is why I was waiting for my visa approval for so long…They probably were just making sure I am not going to sell some oversized real estate!. So, long story short, the starting bid was $0.01 AUD. The bid reached $3000 before it was taken down due to a violation of eBay's policy. Not the best attempt to start an ecommerce business!
- History tells us that in 1770, Captain James Cook first landed on Australia's east coast. Later, in 1788, the British returned with eleven ships to establish a penal colony. Within days of The First Fleet's arrival and the raising of the British flag, two French ships arrived, just too late to claim Australia for France. I guess you have to learn it the hard way: timing is important.
To sum up, I hope you found this post entertaining and some of the facts worth knowing before planing the potential trip to this stunning continent. In fact, many international students are choosing to study in Australia, because of the friendly and laid-back culture, an excellent education system, and high standard of living.
Hanna's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.