Balancing Being a Tourist and Being a Student

As my final weeks in Australia are approaching, so are finals. I’ve been in the library more than I have all semester and have used my free time to explore Sydney as much as possible. It has been a balancing game. On Friday after my lab, my friend and I hopped on a train for an hour and a ferry to head over to Royal National Park to visit the famous Wedding Cake Rock.

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My Amazing Trip to the Great Barrier Reef

Here at the University of Technology Sydney, they have this amazing thing called “stu-vac week.” It stands for “study vacation.” Right before the temperature starts to fall and the semester starts to get real (in terms of course work), students get one week off which is meant for studying and preparation for upcoming material. However, since it is at the end of the first full month of the semester (April), school not too many students really do the “study” part. So this is essentially just the perfect week to take an unforgettable vacation, which is exactly what I did.

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Pros, Cons and More: My First Month in Australia

Hey everyone! My name is Ruta Gebreyesus and I am a junior at San Diego State University. I am studying abroad at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia for the spring semester of 2016. It is my first time out of the country and I am already in love with this continent. I now know what everyone meant when they advised to stay a whole year if possible. A semester is just too short.

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