Living Abroad: Meet My Summer Roommates

Jul 6, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Marianne Zarzar

Marianne Zarzar

Marianne is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance major at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Marianne introduces us to her lively bunch of friends she shares an apartment with in Sydney.


After having lived in a single room for the past couple of years, learning that I was going to not only share my room with someone else, but also my apartment with seven other people, was a little scary. Despite my initial reservations, I have come to love and appreciate each and every one of them. I’ll introduce you to a couple of them now.

My Roommate RachelMeet my roommate Rachel.

My Roommate Rachel

Rachel is my roommate. She is studying Marketing and Human Resources Management at the University of Pittsburgh. She is really sweet and caring, and loves reading. Her favorite things about Sydney are the tacos (she hasn’t been to Mexico yet, but she’ll hopefully come visit me someday to try *real* tacos!), living so close to the beach, and all the coffee shops. Her favorite beach so far has been Manly, since it is just a ferryboat ride away!

At Featherdale Wildlife Park with a FriendHaving fun at the Featherdale Wildlife Park!

She is interning with the HR department at the Marriot hotel downtown, and since our internship placements aren’t too far away from each other, we sometimes go a little early to get coffee and pastries before work. My favorite thing about her is how easygoing and funny she is. I never thought I would say this, but I think I’ll miss having her as a roommate once I’m back in Minnesota!

My Flatmate JaceeSay hello to my flatmate Jacee.

My Flatmate Jacee

Jacee is one of my flatmates. She is a Business Management student at Wilkes University and is both taking classes and interning with Sport NSW in the disability inclusion department while in Sydney. She is one of the liveliest and most energizing humans I have met in my entire life. Jacee’s the type of person that could lift your spirits and make you smile even in your darkest hours. Her favorite part about this experience so far has been the food and the beaches! Eating fish and chips at Manly has definitely been a highlight of her time here. Aside from her energy and smile, I love how positive and caring she is. Not having her close once we go back to the United States is going to be hard. I will, however, visit her not only in Pennsylvania, but hopefully also in Malta, which I am really looking forward to!

My Housemate PaulaAnd this is my housemate Paula.

My Housemate Paula

Paula is an international student from Colombia studying Psychology and Communications at University of Colorado Boulder. Paula is one of those people that can make everything 10x more fun and enjoyable. She is super proud to be a Latina (like me!) and therefore loves to talk about her culture. She loves many things about Sydney, but especially enjoys how diverse and inclusive Sydneysiders are. Paula also likes Sydney’s gastronomy and architecture, and how much Australians embrace their history and Aboriginal heritage. Fun fact, because we sometimes talk in Spanish with each other (it’s refreshing after having to speak English all day), I have inadvertently started speaking with her Colombian accent instead of mine! I am looking forward to visiting her in Colorado once the program ends.

At a Random Park with FriendsI live with lively people who make me smile!

After a long day at work, it is nice to come home to such a lively and energizing bunch of people; no matter how tired I am after work, they can always make me smile. Even though our personalities are so different from one another, I think we balance each other out pretty well. I will write another post to introduce the rest of my flat mates and show you our living space soon!

Thanks, Marianne!

Marianne's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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