Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Leah Mengis in Australia

Leah Mengis (PT student in the Class of 2016) is currently studying abroad in Australia! She shared a little bit of her experience below (including some great pictures!). If you are interested in the finer details of studying abroad as a SLU student, see the link at the end of the article for the Saint Louis University Study Abroad Blog.  

Why did you choose your site?
I chose to come to Australia because I have loved beaches all of my life and Australia is the home of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Also, I figured this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a place for 3.5 months, and since Australia is so far away, I chose to come here.

What did you anticipate? Were you nervous? Excited?
I was very nervous before coming here because I have never done anything like this before, especially by myself. I knew a few other PTs coming here, but I was still very nervous and did not know what to expect. However, the second I got here, I fell in love! I had nothing to be worried about at all.

What surprised you the most about your experience? What about the other culture surprised or shocked you?
Little things about the culture here surprise me. Everyone here is very friendly and approachable. If you have a question, anyone is happy to help and they do it with a smile. The cliché phrase “no worries mate” is used quite often, but I love their attitude on life.

 Would you recommend that other PT students study abroad? Would you recommend your site to them?
I would absolutely recommend that other PT students study abroad! I have only been here for a month and a half, but I have already experienced so many new things, made new friends, and had the time of my life! I really think studying abroad was one of the best decisions I have made, and I am so lucky to be in such a beautiful place with so many amazing people. I would also really recommend coming to Australia because of the fact that it’s so far away. I figured I could easily travel to Europe later in life, but Australia is much farther away so it truly is a great opportunity. It may seem scary to go to another country for so long, but I am so glad I made this decision despite some nerves and anxiety at first.

Another great resource for understanding the SLU student study abroad experience is the study abroad blog:

For those of you who are very curious about the student study abroad experience, make sure to check out the Saint Louis University Study Abroad Blog. This blog is put together by Saint Louis University students who speak in detail about topics like:

 Marketing your Study Abroad Experience
Packing Tips for Going Abroad
Living with a Host Family
Madrid, Spain
Pre-departure Preparation
Enjoy Germany – The Basics
Affording Study Abroad
San Salvador, El Salvador
Choosing the Right Program
Be a Global Billiken
London, England
Quito, Ecuador

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