“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Traveling is not only fun, but there are many beneficial aspects to it. For example:
1. Traveling increases knowledge about the world around you.
2. Traveling increases perspective and makes you a more culturally diverse human-being.
3. Traveling increases insight about your own country, state, and/or town.
4. Most importantly, traveling increases insight about who you are.
Therefore, I am going to take every opportunity that I can to travel to increase my knowledge, perspective, and insight. I have traveled to Mexico, England, Bermuda, and within the United States. Australia is my next stop and I couldn’t be more excited.
Even though theses paragraphs will make me feel like I’m traveling back in time to my freshman year’s college orientation, I believe it is necessary. In addition, it could be good practice for the orientations in my future with IFSA-Butler and my host university, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
Anyway, here’s a short introduction to who I am: My name is Laura. You could describe me as creative, passionate, strong-willed, and a romantic, but the people who know me best know that there is no one word to describe me, or even ten for that matter. I guess you could say that I’m a pretty complex person, but you are guaranteed to see the real me, and only me, when you’re around me. I am not afraid to be myself in the least. I have a million and one stories to share and I like to think of myself as the tie-dye crayon in the box.
I grew up in New Jersey where I have lived my entire life (No, living in New Jersey is not like being on the MTV show The Jersey Shore). I love my family and friends. I have been truly blessed with all of the wonderful people in my life and I do not know what I would do without them. Although I will miss my family and friends while abroad, I have no doubt that I will create new meaningful bonds and relationships while abroad too. I also know that my family and friends will be looking forward to seeing me when I return to the United States, as I will be excited to see them too.
I am a college junior in the process of obtaining a BS in Psychology and a minor in Photography at Susquehanna University in the small town of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Yes, this small town is in the middle of nowhere and yes, there isn’t much of anything to do there besides go to the mall, movies, or dine out. However, that being said, I absolutely adore my school. There is no place I’d rather get an education (besides Australia, of course). I have made lifelong friends at Susquehanna University and I wholeheartedly believe that Susquehanna has a family-like community that many campuses cannot offer. This is one of the many reasons I chose Macquarie University to study abroad at. I want to experience something completely different than what I am used to. I want to walk across the Macquarie University campus and not recognize 99% of the students I pass by like I do at Susquehanna. Macquarie has over 37,000 students enrolled, with over 12,000 international students (that will be me!) in which I will be surrounded by. I will be one of many at Macquarie University–and this is extremely exciting to me. It has been a dream of mine to travel to Australia, specifically Sydney, since I was a very little girl. I truly enjoy trying new things, experiencing new adventures, and challenging myself. I am thrilled to be attending a school that fulfills one of my lifelong dreams. Australia here I come!