"Don't just follow where your friends are going. Make sure the college you choose is right for you."
When Lindsey voyaged to Australia in her junior year, she put her communications skills to work making friends and expanding her network around the world. Lindsey hopes to someday work at the Make-a-Wish Foundation, making the dreams of children with life-threatening medical conditions come true.
Lindsey's older sister encouraged her to think about studying abroad, telling Lindsey it's something she regretted not doing during her own college years. Lindsey researched the options and chose Bond University in Australia. Over the course of a semester, she and her Ambrose roommate Bridget (who she convinced to come along for the ride) explored Australia and Fiji. Back on campus, she plays with the intramural Bags team.
Well, they speak English! But really, I just always wanted to explore the culture and beautiful landscapes.
Bridget and I met with Ryan Dye at the Center for International Education to make sure the classes we chose would transfer and count. And he helped us identify the paperwork that had to be completed and what we needed to send over to Bond.
I wanted to focus on courses that I couldn't necessarily take at Ambrose. I took Australian History; Australian Sports in the Modern Era; Science and Religion; and Sex, Society and Films. I liked my Australian History class a lot. I didn't know anything about the history of Australia, like the Aborigines and the bushrangers.
We took a side trip to Fiji for five days. We snorkeled and spent time on the beach. We exchanged names with some other students we met there. I still keep in touch with them on Facebook.
I grew up a lot. It was the first time I was away from my family. I couldn't drive two hours to go home. Instead, I got the opportunity to meet different types of people from all sorts of different countries. I was surprised I didn't get homesick.