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.
In his first post, Lorenzo reveals what went into his decision to study abroad in Sydney and shares some travel tips from his international experience.
The decision to study abroad for me came as a result of specific academic requirements for my Global Studies major at Arizona State University. I did not think the requirements were too excessive so I complied with them and decided that, because of logistics (I was already abroad), that the first semester of my senior year would be a perfect time to do a study abroad. The fact that through the CAPA program I would be able to get an internship during this time did make a big difference in the decision process, as I am entering a personal development phase where I value experience.
My expectations for Australia are to find it very similar to America for the most part, especially because Sydney, as a big international city, has some of the features of big cities everywhere. What I think is going to be different is the amount of first-generation immigrants and how their culture mixes with the Australian culture. I am excited about being in a harbor town since I love the sea—and I know Sydney has some breathtaking beaches. I also love being in new cities and exploring them, so that is also a plus. Last, but not least, going to Australia means I have now been in every continent on earth but Antarctica, so it sort of feels like an accomplishment in my head.
Having traveled since I was a young kid, the move to Sydney is not really out of my comfort zone. So, while I might not have the adrenaline sensation as someone who is making their first trip overseas, I feel like that gives me an advantage in this situation. I can adapt quickly, and it’s easy for me to find the kind of places and environments in the city that I appreciate most.
Just before Sydney, I had been around Thailand for a couple of months and had a very good summer experience. I am bringing around a humongous luggage that contains anything from jackets to swimsuits, dress clothes to sports clothes and all my toiletries. I have been incredibly lucky because both times I took a flight with it, the luggage was overweight and I was supposed to pay more, but the attendant ended up forgiving me for that extra kilo and a half.
A couple of days before leaving Bangkok I decided to relax a little more and enjoy the relatively affordable prices in the land of smiles to treat myself to some good restaurants. At first, I went to dinner at an international buffet at the top of a skyscraper and just stuffed myself with delicious food of all kinds. The day after, as if I was not satisfied yet, I went to my favorite Italian restaurant in the city, knowing that I will not be back there for a while. It all felt great until I got to the plane for Sydney...and my stomach had not been in the same mood I was. I will not get into those details but that 9-hour flight ended up being longer than expected.
Fortunately, at some point, I was able to calm down, get in a comfortable position and get some “plane sleep.” When I woke up I was greeted with a gorgeous view of the Sydney harbor and downtown area. The sense of adventure took over the negative sensations I had been feeling until then.
My advice for someone doing a study abroad in a place they’ve never been before is to keep your mind open and don’t set too many expectations; but go experience the city and let good things come to you. I am now ready for the adventure and can’t wait to find out all that Sydney has to offer and what my internship will consist of.
Lorenzo's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.