In one of his final posts, Lorenzo reflects on his growth after studying abroad in Sydney. As the people and city continue to inspire him, he also shares some takeaways and benefits that'll help you with your journey to this global city.
My experience in Sydney has just ended, and I am currently about to head off to the airport to hit my next destination on the way back home. Three months back at school can go by very fast, but three months studying abroad will go by without you even noticing it. It makes sense: when you are having fun and enjoying what you are doing, time flies. It seems like yesterday that I had arrived and unpacked everything. I think it felt the same way for almost all the people in the program; everybody was shocked in the past few days realizing those were the last we would have in Sydney.
Plane watching at the Sydney airport.
Looking back, I don’t think there could be a lot of better options in terms of the program and place I’ve attended. Very honestly, CAPA exceeded my expectations. And even the downsides I knew were there were not as bad as I thought. Having experienced more than one study/intern abroad program, I can say that choosing CAPA is a safe bet for you to have most of your needs taken care of and being able to rely on a network of friends and resources while abroad. The accommodation prepared by them is very close to classes, transport stations, and the city, there are many excursions and program experiences that are included in the fee, and the staff is always available and ready to help you.
Shadows covering the Sydney Opera House.
Even though I have been in many continents and countries, I believe living in Sydney for three months really helped me grow. I wasn’t very aware of Australian culture and what kind of habits people have there, so it was interesting to get to know this country better. Living very close to the business district helped me connect with like-minded individuals and the whole feeling that this place is growing fast made me want to grow alongside it. I am sure I will be back in Australia someday for a reason or another, and I’ve met other people in the program that feel the same way.
Sydney's ocean views.
Here are some key takeaways from my experience in Sydney.
- If you like chicken, go try schnitzels. It’s just an Australian version of breaded chicken (or parmesan chicken) that are very good. You can find them everywhere here.
- Go to the beach, especially if you come from a place that does not face the ocean. The benefits of just going for a walk near the many beautiful beaches in Sydney are too many to write here.
- Last but not least, the Opal transport card in Sydney is provided by CAPA and reloaded every time you’re about to run out of balance. Use it and don’t lose it because it can really save your life!
Blackmores Bridge in Sydney.
Pursuing a study abroad experience enriches you in ways that go way beyond than just studying and interning in different countries, although those aspects obviously have a big impact. For many people this was the first real chance they got to travel on their own, to live in a foreign place far away from home, and to experience activities they never thought they would. What are you waiting for?
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.
See more of Lorenzo's journey in Sydney.