Brisbane-Bound: Pre-arrival Thoughts
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Brisbane-Bound: Pre-arrival Thoughts

Follow my adventures "down under" in Brisbane Australia, while I study abroad on the other side of the world

Brisbane-Bound: Pre-arrival Thoughts
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As some of you may know, I will be traveling halfway across the world to study abroad very soon. In less than two weeks I will be going "down under" in Brisbane, Australia.

I will leave all that I know and love to live with a new family, take courses in another country, and experience a hemisphere I have never been to. I am so excited about this adventure and how it will change me as a person. I will be journaling as much as I can on this blog.

I'll be joining 24 other American students, from all over the United States, to take a 14 hour flight from LA to Brisbane. From there we will immediately begin orientation activities in Brisbane, a city the size of Houston, a little smaller than Chicago.

From there we will explore our surroundings for a few days before meeting our host families. We will be living with them for about 15 weeks, before leaving for Sydney when classes end. We'll get to see a little bit of Sydney before heading back to America. During my time there I will be taking four classes at Christian Heritage College in Carindale, a suburb of Brisbane.

The classes include two classes about Australia specifically, as well as the equivalent for Evangelical Theology and Ancient Philosophy. I am eager to learn in a completely different culture, on a completely different continent. Throughout my travels I will be going on program scheduled trips, volunteering, and interning for the university.

There are many things I have to look forward to:

-the beach

-taking classes again

-Australian accents

-new friends

-learning and living in a whole new culture

-not having to work 3 jobs while I'm in school

-going overseas for the first time

-visiting the Great Barrier Reef and the Gold Coast

-living with a different family

-public transportation

-experiencing summer, fall, then summer, fall

I do have high expectations for my experience, and I know that it may be a little different from what I expect, but I know it will be both a rewarding and life-changing experience. I will miss so many people, but I have to take my chances because I know it will be worth it. God has provided in more ways than one so that I can go on this study abroad. I am thrilled to be making some new friends from around the United States and Australia, as well as experiencing life from another domain.

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