Outside Perspectives

A Reflection on Returning to School After Studying Abroad

Summer has vanished, fall has arrived and college students are in the full swing of the semester. For some students, this semester is more difficult than ever because it is their first time back at school after studying abroad. It's not an easy transition; many students face reverse culture shock when they come back home… Continue reading A Reflection on Returning to School After Studying Abroad

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Thoughts, Travel

A Letter to Future Study Abroad Ambassadors

My semester abroad in Australia lasted over a year. I extended my study abroad journey by becoming an AIFS Alumni Ambassador during my senior year of college. At the end of the program, AIFS had ambassadors write letters to the potential new liaisons at our schools. I thought publishing my letter may encourage others to… Continue reading A Letter to Future Study Abroad Ambassadors

Thoughts

A Reflection on 4 Years of University

You are now reading a post from a Hofstra University alumna and holder of a Bachelor of Journalism degree. I am usually decent at putting my feelings into a post, which is why I have a “Thoughts” section on this blog. Honestly, though, how am I supposed to put into words how I feel about… Continue reading A Reflection on 4 Years of University

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Oz From Sara’s Eyes: Final Thoughts & Final Sights

It is coming up on the one-year anniversary of my return from Australia, and I want to go back just as much as I wanted to as soon as I stepped foot in America. The final video (you are not crying, I am) echoes the first; it consists of my friends reflecting on their experiences… Continue reading Oz From Sara’s Eyes: Final Thoughts & Final Sights

Fiji

Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Fiji

Before landing in Australia, I chose to take an additional Pacific studies course at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. While there, I stayed with a homestay family with three other AIFS students. We really lucked out and had such a kind and welcoming family. Our “dad” took us to his home… Continue reading Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Fiji

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Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Thailand

The final trip I took during my time in Australia occurred during the last study break in the first week of June. The destination? Thailand. Yes, it was a study break. I had my flash cards with me the whole time, I promise! I was extremely proud of this trip because I planned 99 percent… Continue reading Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Thailand

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Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Queenstown, New Zealand

On today’s episode of me sorrowfully yearning to be back in the land down under, I take you to Queenstown, New Zealand. I had no idea I would be so moved by this energetic city, but between the extremely kind people, breathtaking views and endless list of adrenaline-pumping activities, a piece of my heart lives… Continue reading Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Queenstown, New Zealand

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Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Sydney and Cairns

During my semester in Australia, I was lucky enough to have my best friend and traveling partner visit me for a week with one of his best friends. Per usual, we made the fullest of our time and explored three cities: Sydney, Cairns and Queenstown, New Zealand. Some of our adventures took us up a… Continue reading Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Sydney and Cairns

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Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Rottnest Island

I spent a weekend on Rottnest Island, which is a little paradise just offshore of Perth. When I was there, I referred to it as a “playground,” which makes sense because it offers so much for all ages to enjoy. People can take advantage of its secluded coves, crystal-clear waters, reefs, and surf breaks. The… Continue reading Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Rottnest Island

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Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Northwest Outback Trip H20

There are so many beautiful things to see on land, but even more to discover on and under the water! Being the water-lover that I am, I did not have the heart to cut out enough aquatic footage to fit into my previous two outback videos, so I made one just dedicated to H20. In… Continue reading Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Northwest Outback Trip H20