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An Interview with Another CAPA Sydney Student About His Experience Abroad

Nov 23, 2018 9:37:00 AM / by Lorenzo Corazzin

CAPA Sydney blogger Lorenzo catches up with his classmate Ethan for an interview about his experience, travels, and semester abroad away from Pittsburgh. They also chat about what excursions to expect with CAPA Sydney, how surreal New Zealand is, and why you should study abroad.

In today's post, I'll be interviewing my classmate Ethan and share with you the amazing stories he has from CAPA Sydney and his travels around the region. Ethan is a senior studying supply chain and marketing at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating next May.

Lorenzo Corazzin: How did you decide to come to Sydney?
Ethan: I was bored with my surroundings having been in Pittsburgh all these years, and I wanted to see what else the world has to offer. It also worked out with my major as I have been able to take the right classes and fill my requirements.

View of Sydney from a BuildingOverlooking the city of Sydney.

LC: What do you like the most about Sydney?
E: The transportation system is very efficient, you can get anywhere you need. Plus, the weather is warm and most of the city is on the water. The surrounding areas are very beautiful, with beaches, parks, and forests that you can easily explore on the weekend.

LC: How about the excursions CAPA has offered?
E: The Taronga Zoo experience was cool, and we did some nice activities at the beginning of the program like the lunch cruise and the Coogee to Bondi walk. I think CAPA should offer surf lessons, most people would choose Sydney considering that!

LC: Would you ever consider living in Sydney? Why?
E: I guess I would because there are a lot of job opportunities in all types of businesses: small, medium, and large. Also, the pay compensates the price of living, there are high standards, and it’s a beautiful place.

Friends Pics from New Zealand (2)Looking like a scene out of a story.
Photo credit: Ethan

LC: Have you traveled anywhere else outside the city?
E: I went to Bali, Cairns, and I just came back from New Zealand.

LC: So, what do you think of New Zealand?
E: It felt like another world. You can see beaches and snowcapped mountains from the same place. It was warmer than expected at around 65 degrees. It looks like a place out of a story (in fact, I think they filmed the Lord of Rings movies there). I believe it’s also very touristy and some parts of the country (Queenstown) have their economy based mostly on that.

Friends Pics from New ZealandIt feels like you're in another world.
Photo credit: Ethan

LC: What places have you been to in New Zealand?
E: Franz Josef glacier, Queenstown, Wellington, Bruce Bay, Lake Wanaka, Paparoa National Park, Pancake Rocks, The Blue Pools, Moke Lake, and other places on the West Coast of the South Island.

LC: Why did you choose New Zealand?
E: My friend from back home studies abroad in Wellington at Victoria University, so I wanted to get the opportunity to see him and check out his study abroad experience.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Fall2018_Sydney_Lorenzo Corrazin_Friends Pics from New Zealand (3)Engulfed within the nature of New Zealand.
Photo credit: Ethan

LC: How do you think your experience compares to his?
E: He lives in a flat while we have a dorm-apartment style living. Wellington is more cold and rainy than Sydney. His classes are in a university with people from New Zealand but he is not doing an internship.

LC: What would be your advice to somebody considering study abroad?
E: Do it, definitely. Talking to my friend, it was the best decision I’ve ever made. You’ll learn a lot and experience new things.

Friends Pics from New Zealand (4)You'll learn and experience new things when you study abroad.
Photo credit: Ethan

Ethan’s stories made me want to visit New Zealand very badly but also realize that we are very lucky to be studying in Sydney. Not a lot of people get to visit and see some of the places down here, and being in Australia everywhere you go will be a new experience. After being here for more than two months, I’m almost used to the excitement of something new every day but talking to Ethan reminded me that being here is pretty surreal.

Thanks, Lorenzo and Ethan!

Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Global Studies major at the Arizona State University, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

Lorenzo's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Topics: Sydney, Australia, Why Study Abroad