Meet Nicolas Dostal (he/him/his), an official CAPA vlogger in Sydney, Australia for Spring 2020:
University: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Major: Political Science and Urban Planning
Study Abroad Location: Sydney, Australia
Internship or volunteer placement: TBC
What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
I am most excited to explore a part of the world that is completely different from any environment that I have ever been in before. I never thought that I would be able to experience the extraordinary Australian climate, culture, food, and people at this stage of my life so I want to fully immerse myself in this new world.
What are three of your hobbies and interests?
The comforting part of going to Sydney is that the proximity to the coast reminds me of where I grew up on the Long Island Sound as going to the beach is my main method of being able to decompress and relax. I love to play soccer, whether it's out on the grass, indoors, or on the beach. I am big on exploring and discovering places and foods that I have never experienced before.
What’s one personal goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
I want to learn as much Australian slang as possible and import it back home. My friends and I are always coming up with new ways to talk to each other in a way that would confuse strangers so this is the perfect opportunity for me to pick up some new material.
What’s one professional goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
I hope to learn the ropes of the sports management industry during my internship. I want to learn what it takes to do such work and to hopefully learn some skills in the process that will help me ease into the workplace much easier.
What can we look forward to seeing in your videos?
You can look forward to exciting, informative, and well crafted content that will definitely keep you entertained. The very best places I go, the food I eat, and experiences I enjoy will be all on video for you to check out so you know exactly what to do and where to go once you come out to Sydney.