Meet Emma Estabrook (she/hers), an official CAPA blogger in Sydney, Australia for Spring 2020:
University: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Finance and Business Information Systems
Study Abroad Location: Sydney, Australia
Internship or volunteer placement: TBC
What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
I am definitely most excited to travel and explore while I am abroad. I want to go to as many places and see as many things as I can while on this once in a lifetime experience! I also look forward to having a complete change in my regular school routine that involves doing all of these fun things as well as studying and working at my internship.
What are three of your hobbies and interests?
I am from New England and grew up hiking and camping in the White Mountains so a huge part of my life involves being outdoors. One activity I have made a big part of my life is rock climbing. I am a member of the Pitt Co-Ed Competitive Rock Climbing team and in addition to competing, we also have fun weekend climbing trips all throughout the year! I live on a lake in New Hampshire so another two things that I love filling my summer with swimming and kayaking. I hope that I get to do some of these activities while I am abroad in Australia!
What’s one personal goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
I hope to get the absolute most out of this experience as possible! I want to learn the city and culture inside and out by meeting and trying my best to live like a local. One new thing that I am looking forward to trying while in Sydney is surfing! Back home in New Hampshire I live less than an hour from the beach and I have never tried it before. Better late than never!
What’s one professional goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
The best thing you can do for yourself professionally is getting experience in as many places as possible. Say yes to every opportunity you get! Because of this, when I heard of the internship program that CAPA offers while abroad, I jumped at the opportunity. I am excited to gain an international experience in the field of Finance to set me apart from my competitors when I start looking for full time jobs upon my graduation in 2021.
What can we look forward to reading in your posts?
I look forward to sharing about my travel journeys. I want to help people who have never planned independent travel before to understand that it is not as hard as you think! I am going to be talking a lot about budgeting, safety, and how to balance having fun on top of having an internship and schoolwork. (Spoiler alert: I am currently playing around with the ideas of planning trips to Thailand, New Zealand, Vietnam, and Tasmania!).
Anything else you’d like to say to people reading for the first time?
I also have a YouTube channel where I will be making and posting videos of my journey for fun!