Study Abroad - Australia

The Journey to Australia

Posted on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

by Nicole Porras

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...And We’re Off!

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a plane and I completely forgot how much I love to fly. I was a bit anxious at first, especially since the weather was kind of bad. The last thing I wanted was for my almost 24 hours of traveling to be extended because of bad weather. It’s especially nice to have Ali (a fellow LIM’er and friend) here with me for the ride. It definitely makes traveling a lot more fun and less stressful. 

As I write this, we are flying somewhere over St. Louis, and although I want to sleep very badly, I know I have to stay up. The reason I want to stay up is because in Australia it’s still in the afternoon there, and I need to try and sleep according to their time schedule or else, I am going to crash at about 10 am when I arrive in Melbourne. 

It is definitely very exciting, and I can’t wait to see Melbourne and be surrounded by a whole new culture and lifestyle. 

So, for those of you reading this, let me answer a question many before you have already asked. Why Australia? Well…my very first volunteer opportunity at LIM was helping backstage for Fashion Pallete NYC. It was a fashion show that featured Australian-based fashion designers and I was surrounded by beautiful accents and people all day long. It was on that day that I truly fell in love with Australians. So you can imagine how pleased I was to discover that LIM offered a study abroad program in Australia.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Melbourne. Apparently it’s one of the most livable cities in the world. I can’t wait to keep you guys posted on my adventures! More details about my journey, coming soon! 

Tags: study abroad, marketing, fashion, Australia, Nicole Porras, RMIT, international

The Land Down Under…or Across the World

Posted on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 @ 01:24 PM

By Ali Petherbridge

Since I thought about going to college I knew I wanted to study abroad. The question was always, where would I go? I had the privilege of visiting London and Paris on a family vacation in high school and found both places to be fascinating. I could have gone there, but I chose the furthest place from home…Australia.

There were many reasons why I chose Australia. The distance was never a factor for me, except that I would probably never get a chance to get to this magnificent country if I didn't study abroad here. My mother always talked about wanting to visit Australia, and since she never got the chance, when it came time to decide on my study abroad destination I knew where I wanted to be. The weather, the accents, the culture, everything about this country (and continent) sparked my interest. I knew it was a place I needed to live in to get the full experience and never second-guessed my decision. Even now, as I sit in a Starbucks in Melbourne writing this, I have absolutely zero regrets.

My decision about where to go was easy and clear-cut with no blurred edges. That’s not always the case for people studying abroad. My advice would be go with your heart and no matter where you end up, it will be the time of your life if you let it.

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Why I Chose to Study in Australia

Posted on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

By Alyxis Flaggs

My name is Alyxis Flaggs and I’m from Michigan. I am a junior at LIM College majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a concentration in Styling. However, currently I’m studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). I knew that I always wanted to study abroad, but I never thought that I would be studying in Australia. After learning French for three years I was set on studying in Paris, but I had a change of heart. 

Initially I was torn between studying in London, Paris and Australia. I then spoke to my academic advisor who put me in contact with a student studying at LIM that was from RMIT (Australia). We spoke for hours about the University and Australian culture, which clarified many of my questions about RMIT. After talking to him I fell in love with Australian culture and the University. Out of all the continents to study in, Australia is the only continent I hadn’t traveled to. Although it is very far from the U.S., I thought that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and would be a life changing experience.

I’ve always enjoyed traveling and meeting new people. Previously, I studied abroad in China for a short period of time and loved it! I enjoy the thrill of living and adapting to different cultures and environments. Studying in China and New York City has definitely prepared me to not only be independent, but also to be very responsible. Besides getting me ready, these experiences also made my parents, as well as myself comfortable with studying in another country for six months. My parents always say, “If you can make in New York City you can make it anywhere,” which I definitely believe.

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Tags: study abroad, Australia, Alyxis Flaggs, introductions

Surfers Paradise = My Paradise

Posted on Fri, May 13, 2011 @ 10:41 AM

This past weekend was amazing. Some friends and I went to the Gold Coast. We decided to stay in Surfers Paradise. I can not even begin to express how beautiful this place is. Also, we barely spent any money for travel and accommodations. The weather was beautiful, the people were beautiful, and life was beautiful.

Surfers Paradise is very popular for its night clubs and theme parks. We all went to a really cool club called Vanity. Well, the club really is not that cool, but the restroom is phenomenal. There are multiple rooms in the restroom. There are women in there to do your make up and there is even a computer! It was truly an experience.
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Every day I woke up and went straight to the beach. I've never seen sand so white and water so blue. We also did some surfing. The fish and chips were amazing too! It was amazing to be out of the city and enjoying the Australia that I thought I was coming too. I wish we were doing our studies in Surfers! Also, the world is so small. Rita had a friend from Canada who lives in Surfers.

Who would think that you would be so far away and meet up with someone from home? The day I meet someone from Jonesboro, GA here I will die. Hahahaha. It really was a lovely trip and I am so glad that we went.

Once we returned to Melbourne it was cold and rainy! Booooooo! No worries though, because we are off to Sydney next weekend. It is still a little cold up there, but it is warmer than it is here.

Tags: LIM College, study abroad, Australia

Egypt in Australia

Posted on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 @ 01:42 PM

Well this past week we had our fall break. (It is so very weird to repeat fall over again in one school year!) I hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather in the States, as it gets pretty cold here. It is sad when you think 57 degrees is cold! Ha! That is nothing back home. For some odd reason though, it feels terribly cold here!
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Three of the other LIM College girls went on a trip of the east coast of Australia. Hopefully, when they return in the next couple of days they will have plenty of photos to share. I kept myself occupied in Melbourne during the break. I had a great time. It was amazing to take a break from class. (I returned today.) The break dates were pretty different than what I am used to. We started the break on a Thursday and returned to school on a Thursday. So the break was right in the middle of a week. Very different I say!

While I was here I had an amazing Italian night here in the dorms! Benedetta is an Italian friend that I met here in Melbourne and she had a pasta night. She invited other Italians that she has met here in Melbourne. Though I didn't understand most of the things they were speaking of, it was an amazing experience. The pasta was soooooo good. I almost died from happiness. Also, everyone was so nice and fun. Italians have a very keen sense of humor. I was laughing the entire time!

Yesterday I went with a group of friends to the King Tutankhamun exhibit here in Melbourne. It was truly magical. I'm a huge fan of ancient Egypt and it was such a pleasure to see all the artifacts. Everything was so beautiful. So much craftsmanship. Every piece seems to have its own personal powerful story to tell....

Well, next week has great things in store! GOLD COAST! We will be at Surfers Paradise!

Tags: LIM College, study abroad, Australia

Heaven and Hell

Posted on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 @ 02:01 PM

Oh man, was the week filled with heaven and hell!
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Well, I had three mid-terms this week. They were not too hard, but they were not the easiest mid-term exams I have ever taken. I got a B on my Marketing Research exam and I am waiting for my other results. Cross your fingers for me! There was also some horrible weather this week. I have never seen rain like this in my life. It was truly out of control. Also it was a little scary, but I survived as you can see!

The week was not just filled with unhappy things. RMIT Village had a mid-semester party. The theme was heaven and hell. So there you go.. the party was my heaven. All I had to do was walk to the downstairs courtyard and have a great time. Check out the photo! The other LIM College girls and a Canadian friend we made are in the photo. I was the only angel in group. I think that fits me very well. We had such a great time. It was nice to just let down my hair and enjoy the evening. School can sometimes take a lot out of you!

I have just a couple more days and it will be a week off from school. I'm very excited. The other three LIM College girls will be going on a big trip. I'm staying behind and relaxing. There is a huge surfing competition this week so I might go to that. I think I truly just want to take the week to enjoy some me time and relax. As soon as they return Rita and I are taking a trip to the Gold Coast. I'm soooo excited about that. Finally some warm weather!

I am missing home, but I do not have long here. I know when I do leave here it is going to be so sad. Endings are always hard to deal with. This has truly been an experience that I will never forget. I have made some amazing friends and discovered so much. There is only more to see! 

Tags: LIM College, study abroad, Australia

No Worries Mate!

Posted on Mon, Apr 11, 2011 @ 09:26 AM

Time is moving so fast here. I can not believe that I am already on my ninth week. So many things have changed for me, but I do not believe I will truly notice the change in me until I return to the States.
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This past week I went on a major detox. Just water, coffee, fruits, veggies, and green tea. I feel totally and completely rejuvenated. Sometimes being a student can really catch up with you! No more late night Mac attacks! It also helps that here in Australia it is illegal to put additives into food. My body is actually able to truly release itself from the toxins.

I've discovered that not only have I released physical toxins, but also behavioral ones. Before coming here I was a worrier of all worries. Everything was something that I needed to over-think. I always had to worry about the negative of a situation. The main thing that Aussies teach you is " No Worries Mate!" Now, that does not mean not to care, but just to understand that you can not control everything. Also, that even if something bad happens you will survive it. If you don't survive? Well mate, it was meant to happen that way! I love it... I feel free from all the unnecessary stress I had once put on myself. I'm truly loving my Aussie life!

Great plans coming soon! We have booked trips to the Gold Coast and Sydney, one right after the other. There will surely be LOTS of pictures and much to share. It's currently getting cold here in Melbourne, but don't worry, up north is lovely and warm. Beautiful clean beaches filled with great Aussie people!

Tags: LIM College, study abroad, Australia

A Birthday in Melbourne, Then Sydney in May

Posted on Fri, Apr 08, 2011 @ 09:50 AM

Well, this week was cold and fun here in Melbourne. I never imagined that I would be in Australia and need my mother to send my boots! (Thank you so much Mom for sending them. They are being put to great use.) It is officially fall here. Time even changed! Thank the heavens for an extra hour of sleep!

We booked Sydney this week! We were able to get a round trip for $75! Pretty amazing! I'm way too excited. The trip is in May so stay tuned for the photos. There are so many things to see in Sydney. I'm currently waiting on a reply from my mom about Fiji! Going to Fiji would top this amazing experience off perfectly. It would be amazing to escape the cold weather and lie on the beach once again!

Also this week was Jen's birthday! We had such a great time. She is so lucky to have her birthday here. Her birthday was celebrated for the entire weekend. On Friday we had Mexican food. It was very delicious! Then on Saturday we took her out to a local spot. So much fun was had! Since we had so much fun we have decided to celebrate everyone's birthday here! That is sure to bring a lot of stories and fun.

I'm finally used to school here. It is very different, but easy to catch on to. Had my first couple of test and assignments due. I was able to get all A's and B's on them. I'm very happy about that. Making good grades here gives me an extra boost of confidence.

Tags: LIM College, study abroad, Australia

Bad Weather, Good People

Posted on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 @ 09:13 AM

Well, this past week here in Melbourne was not the best. When the sun is gone it is hard to enjoy the community. The weather is changing into fall. I will surely miss the days at the beach and the pool. That is no problem though. With the sun going away it gives us the opportunity to explore the many other things that Melbourne and Australia have to offer.
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Also, there is a nasty little dorm cold going around and that surely did not help with the bad weather. I experienced my first stint of homesickness when I was sick. We all feel the same when we are under the weather. You just want your bed and your Mommy! After the cold was done I was just fine though.

One of the great things about being here is that you get to meet so many different people from around the world. We have made friends with a group of Canadian girls who are studying abroad here too! How cool is that? They do not live in our dorm. We just met them out and about. I know many in NYC are not used to strangers being so open, but that is just the flair here in Melbourne.

This past week has not been the most exciting, but don't worry. I will work on that this week! Jen's birthday is Saturday and we are going to the Zoo! Great pictures of the amazing animals are coming soon!

Tags: LIM College, study abroad, Australia

Mexican Food, St, Patrick's Day and Yarck

Posted on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 @ 09:47 AM

Busy busy busy week. A lot happened this past week here in Melbourne. I'm pretty tired from my long week, but now I have to find new adventures.
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In the beginning of the week Rita and I went to eat Mexican food. Now I know that does not sound special, but when you are this far away from North America it really is amazing!

We ate at Taco Bill. (No, it is nothing like Taco Bell.) Surprisingly, the food was good. It was not as good as Mexican food back home, but it hit the spot.

Next along on this long ride of a week was St. Patty's Day. The best way to describe it is to imagine a small version of the celebrations in NYC. It was a great time and we were able to see more of this beautiful city.

The highlight of the week was going to Yarck. A young man here in the dorms invited everyone to come to his farm there. It was BEAUTIFUL. It did not feel as if we were on the same planet. Yarck is an extremely small town. No more then 50 people live there, but everyone that we met was really nice. I was able to experience a real "bush" party. (Here in Australia they call the country "the bush.") There was even a deer cooking on a spit. The party was fun. It was not something I was used to, but I still enjoyed myself. It was truly an amazing experience.

When you finally leave the city and venture out it hits you. "I am really in Australia." This is a beautiful land filled with some really nice people.

Tags: LIM College, study abroad

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