5 Life-Changing Study Abroad Experiences in Sydney

Nov 24, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan


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 connects with 5 of her study abroad friends and hear about their experiences and memories abroad.


I can not stop thinking about Sydney and my study abroad experience! I also often think about people I met during the CAPA program and what they think about the impact studying abroad in Sydney had on them. I decided to check in with some of my friends and see how they are doing and what their study abroad experience was like.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2017_From Hanna Okhrimchuk - Mitch Wesoly and Ashley Wilson during Family Dinners.jpgMitchell Wesoly and Yaz Ketcherside at their "family dinners" formed with their study abroad friends.

Get to know Mitchell Wesoly, Yaz Ketcherside, Kellie Reardon, Ashley Wilson, and fellow Fall 2017 CAPA vlogger Nicole Anderson. They're from all over the U.S. and study in different colleges. See what they had to say below about their time in Sydney!

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Mitchell Wesoly (Charlotte, North Carolina)

"I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying supply chain management and business analytics. I chose to study abroad in Australia because it was somewhere I always wanted to travel to, and chose to do the CAPA internship program to gain valuable global business experience. Studying abroad was really an eye-opening experience for me. To learn about and immerse myself in another culture was something I hadn't done before and I learned a lot! Now that I'm home, I feel like I am more open minded! However, I am sad because I miss being in Australia!

Three words and phrases I would use to describe my study abroad experience are: valuable, once in a lifetime, and eye-opening."

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Yaz Ketcherside (San Diego, California)

"I am studying journalism at Arizona State University and I am a junior. Honestly, I'm very depressed (to have left Sydney)! I met the best of my friends out in Sydney and made such great connections in my career field. There is something about studying abroad that makes you learn a lot about yourself very quickly, which I enjoyed very much. After my internship, I realized I want to change my career path to be more like my internship in Sydney! My three words would be: unforgettable, unique, and the best time of my life."

Yaz's favorite memory is when everyone in our apartment decided to pair up and make "family dinner" for us all about once every week. Just to see the love and care going on and to hear about everyone's week was truly special to her.

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Kellie Reardon and Elizabeth at the Great Barrier Reef.

Kellie Reardon (Rhode Island)

"I am from Rhode Island but I go to school at the University of New Hampshire. I am studying communication with business, and I am a senior. I chose to go to Australia for the fun and the adventure that I knew I would experience. Now that I am home, I definitely feel the culture shock. I am beyond happy to see my family and friends, but it's weird to not see the people I used to see every day at all. Sydney definitely has changed me! I have become a much more independent person. I have learned a lot about myself and have learned how to speak my mind."

Kellie's favorite memory from studying abroad is standing outside of the Sydney Opera House with two of our good friends, listening to Lorde sing live, while we watched the fireworks.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2017_From Hanna Okhrimchuk - Ashley Wilson.jpgAshley Wilson at the Sydney Harbour.

Ashley Wilson

As a senior at Simmons College majoring in exercise science and nutrition, Ashley "chose CAPA because it is one of the only study abroad programs that offers both the internship and study abroad experience for someone in my major. I also knew Australia has different laws regarding physical therapy and wanted to see it first-hand, so I would know for sure I wanted to be a physical therapist. I didn't want to leave! I don't want to be home. I love Australia and am so thankful for the wonderful life-changing experience."

In three words, the CAPA study abroad program in Sydney for Ashley could be described as "meaningful, a milestone, and a growth."

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Fall2017_From Hanna Okhrimchuk - Nicole Anderson at the Sydney Opera House.jpgNicole Anderson outside the Sydney Opera House.

Nicole Anderson (St. Paul, Minnesota)

"I'm a junior business major at Villanova University. It's always been a dream of mine to see Australia, so I chose to study abroad to spend as much time as possible. I chose CAPA because I wanted the internship component. Sydney made me realize that I can be independent, and live and work in another country. I was super excited to see my family again by the time it was over, but being home has made me reflect on the experience and realize how grateful I am for it!"

One of Nicole's favorite memories was scuba diving for the first time in the Great Barrier Reef!

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It was great to connect again with my study abroad friends. I am very happy they all found important takeaways and opportunities to grow with CAPA in Sydney, Australia. I miss all of them and the CAPA staff as well!

Thanks Hanna!

Hanna's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Topics: Sydney, Australia, Personal Learning, Sydney Interviews