The Study Abroad Newsletter

An Experience Down Under

Christie Crocket
James Cook University, Australia

Maxim & I at the beautiful Sydney Opera House People often ask me how my semester in Australia went. It’s basically impossible to explain a lifetime of memories and learning experiences in five minutes or less. Spending a semester at the James Cook University in Townsville, Australia was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not only did I get to meet heaps of Australian students that turned into great friends, but I got to feed my thirst for the knowledge of the ocean. It was so fascinating to learn about marine science from another cultures point of view. While I was learning about many current issues in the marine science field, I began learning more about myself and the direction I want to go in life. James Cook University isn’t just a beautiful campus, but also has a huge research department with professors that are very active and passionate about what they teach.

While the schooling was challenging I still had time to travel around Australia and really get a feel of what Australia is like. Of all the places I got to visit my two favorite tourist locations are Sydney and the Whitsundays. Sydney has an amazing vibe about it and it never stops buzzing. The food was amazing and there is always something to do. On the other hand, the Whitsunday’s are nothing short of stunning. The Whitsunday’s is a small island chain off Airlie Beach, the water was crystal clean and the sand was so soft and fine it squeaked when you walked through it.

I Made it! - written in sand on the beachThe squeaky sand at the Whitsunday’s