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.