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.