How I Grew Academically, Professionally, and Personally in Sydney

Oct 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman

Sydney Alderman is an official CAPA blogger, sharing her story on CAPA World. A Marketing and Global Management major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Sydney.

In today's post, Sydney reflects on her experiences abroad and how she has grown over her semester abroad in Sydney, as well as how her internship was beneficial for her future.


My 6 weeks in Sydney were both the fastest and slowest 6 weeks of my life. Whenever someone would mention how much time we had left, we would all be surprised how little that amount was, but also wonder how we had been there for so long when it felt like we had only arrived the day before. Since I’ve been home, I’ve had a little time to reflect on this journey and my experiences. I think I was able to grow not only academically and professionally, but also personally as well.

On a Boat

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I really had a good time in my Sports Marketing class, and I think this solidified that at some point in my career, I would love to work in the sports industry. I think it also confirmed that marketing has been the right choice for my major. I enjoyed and felt very capable when researching and writing proposals on solutions for marketing problems. My time as an intern at Ordermentum was also very beneficial. Even though I learned what kind of work that I loved doing through that experience, it also made me more well-rounded as a marketing candidate; I can be more confident when applying to various positions in the future.

Group Photo with My Friends

Most importantly, though, my experiences in Australia allowed me to develop personally. I allowed myself to be more adventurous and slightly less in control, and in turn I was able to have the experience of a lifetime. I navigated a foreign country, surfed at Bondi Beach, exchanged stories with strangers in a hostel, became a part of a community while rooting for the home team, swam at the Great Barrier Reef, overcame challenges together with my friends, dined with a view of the Sydney Opera House, and conquered the excitement, tension, and exhaustion that came with exploring a new place with new people.

A View of Sydney at NightI was able to have all of these new adventures while also establishing a routine with internship and school, and becoming a regular at local places. I am so glad I was able to become a little bit more of a risk-taker, and can’t wait to be back in the States with all of the confidence that I gained while in Australia.

Cheers Sydney Neon Light

My time in the Land Down Under may be over for now, but the experience will be cherished forever. Thanks for the memories—Cheers, Sydney!

Thanks Sydney!

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Topics: Sydney, Australia, Academics Abroad, Personal Learning, Classes in Sydney, Internships in Sydney, Reflection