Megan Webb '21

Program: Australia Spring Semester

Major: Global Business Leadership 

Minor: Communication 

Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program? 

I wanted to travel and get to know new places! I also wanted to get to know a new group of Bennies and Johnnies. I decided that the Australia program was the best fit for me because the warm climate and beach culture really appealed to me! The Australia program also offered a lot of flexibility for choosing which courses to take. This helped me to complete requirements needed for my major and stay on track to graduate! 

Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression. 

Some friends and I took a road trip down to Margaret River and watched a bunch of Australians surf! It was really fun to see them out on the water surfing the big waves. We even saw little kids out there surfing with their parents! The love for surfing and for the beach was really evident everywhere we went. 

Describe your overall study abroad experience. 

I absolutely loved the time that I got to spend in Australia! Though our program got cut short due to COVID-19, I gained friendships that I know will last a lifetime in just a matter of weeks. We were always doing something fun, whether it was learning to surf, travelling to Rottnest Island to see the quokkas, exploring Perth, or boating on yachts. My friends and I enjoyed walking to the local Fremantle Market to buy fresh fruit and veggies on the weekends, since we had to cook almost all of our meals. We also had a lot of fun exploring different beaches along the coast and snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing. Classes were challenging yet interesting. I felt like we all adjusted to the different style of education just fine, though it took effort to succeed and balance homework with other activities.
Overall, I thought my study abroad experience was excellent! 

Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development? 

Spending a semester abroad gave me the opportunity to meet new people, try new experiences, and learn new subjects! We tried new foods, met students from all around the globe, and experienced a new education system. We were introduced to new worldviews. We gained adaptability and flexibility, since things did not always go according to plan! It was an educational experience like none other. 

What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad? 

If you have any interest in travelling or making more friends - go!
I honestly didn't get homesick like I thought I would. We were having way too much fun to wish we were home or wish that we were in St. Joe. Everybody is nervous to leave home and leave their current friends at CSB/SJU, but that's normal! It's worth it to push yourself outside of your comfort zone.