Kisha Patel is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A political science and gender/women's studies major at Ursinus College, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.
In this week's post, Kisha shares tales of surf camp and asks her CAPA classmates to reflect on their favorite memory from Sydney, one month in.
I am looking at approaching my 1-month mark in Sydney and fearing the idea of this amazing adventure ending. It seems unreal that we have had all these once in a lifetime experiences in such a short amount of time.
One of these experiences was going to Surf Camp Australia. CAPA provided us with this great discount to attend Surf Camp and it was one of the best experiences I had.
Photo Credit: Melissa Glynn
Surf Camp was three days in Gerroa NSW at 7-mile beach. We had three surf lessons throughout the time and the instructors were all awesome.
Photo: The view of 7 Mile Beach where we surfed!
Photo: The coolest surf instructor Ned!
My favorite part of surf camp was definitely meeting so many new people. Instead of staying overnight with other students from CAPA, I chose a cabin with two Germans, two Australians, and one person from Holland. I learned so much from them about their lives and experiences in their home countries.
Photo: My cabin mates after a surf session!
Photo: My new friend Igne from Holland!
I thought this was a great time to ask my fellow CAPA students about their favorite study abroad experiences so far. Here are some of the things they shared. (Thanks to everyone for letting me stick a phone in their face to record them on the spot hehe!)
Photo: Some of the CAPA girls at Surf Camp
“I like how we get to try a lot of new things cause there are so many things to do in Sydney and checking out the different beaches; I’ve been to five already. I got to go to a rugby tournament that was a lot of fun; it is fun to learn about different things and how everything compares to America. I watched the Australian Open Tennis so much when it was on. So definitely the variety of things is my favorite.” – Brooke Went
“Narly waves.” – Jason Diamond
Photo: Waiting for some waves
“How amazing the internships [CAPA] gave us are. The internships literally match up to our major and what we want to do well.” – Holly Le
“My favorite part about CAPA is the opportunities to explore try new things and meet new people.” – Ann Marie Liadis
Photo: The Sandy Wombats bringing it in before a surf session
“My favorite part about surf camp was old school dancing and doing the limbo at the pub on Saturday night; the instructors and locals were all a blast!” –Abby Sutton
“Getting to pet/feed kangaroos and also giant manta rays! It was amazing!” – Jen Hrebenak
“My favorite thing was walking out to Collins Beach to see the little penguins. Didn’t get to see any but got to see a beautiful remote beach and some huge lizards and spiders. Scared for my life, walked up and downhill for what seems like forever but got to experience Australian nature at night which was a thrill.” – Tristen Chairmonte
“Two words: Surf. Camp. I couldn’t tell if my eyes were watering from the salt stinging my eyes, the pain as Jake Raska drilled me in the side of the leg with his board, or the pure euphoria of moving 6mph through the water on a wide clunky surf board. Wouldn’t trade it in for anything.” –Tom McFeeley
Photo: Just finishing a surf lesson!
“Meeting Australians and learning Aussie lingo. It’s sweet as! Also when the pigeon landed on my shoulder while I was drinking coffee.” – Melissa Glynn
Photo: Had to grab a selfie on the beach!
Right before I left for Sydney, one of my professors sent me the music video to Down Under and it’s definitely the perfect video for this experience. We all have this special connection now because of CAPA and truly getting to live in the “land down under”.
Photo: Relaxing in between surf lessons
Let’s see what is next in our Aussie adventure….
Kisha's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.