By Amy Bajurny (Queen’s University, Canada)
My experience abroad drastically changed my outlook as an individual, a Canadian and an academic. My exchange experience at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia gave me the opportunity to travel and see world-renowned sites, meet inspirational people from dozens of countries, study at a new post-secondary institution, and explore a foreign lifestyle. I can confirm that my character has developed for the better, into a self-assured, mature, ambitious Queen’s student; one who is willing to discover, learn from, meet, and share with anyone, anywhere.
My exchange experience also allowed me to find a balance in my life as a scholar, and adult. I was able to bridge the gap I formerly had in my mind as to where I would end up after graduation. From being immersed in a foreign, thriving city, I was able to better assess my traits and qualifications, understanding what I could see myself doing as a Stage and Screen graduate, in a large world, full of opportunities.
I believe Australia was the perfect country to help me find my place and purpose in society because I was exposed to so many new career ideas. For example, I had the opportunity to attend the largest short film festival in the world, TROP Festival. This helped me realize that I would love to become involved in the event planning of film festivals. Consequently, I have been inspired to apply to event planning internships internationally, and throughout Canada.
My exchange really motivated me to take more risks in life and put myself out there. With the encouragement and support of the International Programs office at Queen’s University, I was able to take a leap — and I landed on my feet. My exchange was a crucial period of growth and reward, surely a life-changing adventure I am very thankful for and will never forget.
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- 4 Key Ways Australia Influenced Cinema & Feature Films! (channelvoyager.com)
- The Official Pre-Year Abroad Guide (thirdyearabroad.com)