Name: Jonathan Flores
Hometown: Little Canada, MN
Major: Early Childhood Education
Study Abroad Location: Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.
How you going? It’s October 2015 and whilst most Uni students in the States are mid-way through their semester and are studying to take their midterms, I’m studying to take my final exams. I started my study abroad adventure in Australia on July 11th and began Uni almost immediately. Since the semester started earlier I fortunately enough get to end earlier and I’m ready to go on Summer holiday after this week is over.
Growing up I always knew I would study abroad but I thought I would be somewhere in Europe, walking the streets of Rome or strolling down Abbey Road in London. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be in the Land Down Under. So what’s it like living in Australia? Well I haven’t seen a Kangaroo, nor have I see a spider bigger that the spiders back in Minnesota and yes the weather is hot and its only getting hotter. Oh and they also drive on the left side of the road… can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked to the passenger side of the vehicle only to find the steering wheel on the right side. Since I didn’t do any research on things to do whilst in Australia most of my time here has been filled with Uni, work and spending time with my mates that I’ve met here. I’ve come to learn that Perth is all about the people. I’ve met some incredible people and made relationships that will last a lifetime. What’s there to do in the most isolated metropolitan city in the world? Well you can hit the beaches, go out to the pub to grab a pint or see the nightlife in the CBD. Sure I have missed out on some wild adventures that Murdoch Uni has set up for the international students due to work, low funds and Uni commitments but honestly I wouldn’t change it for the world. Again Perth is about the people and I’m glad I now have really great relationships with these Aussies!
What’s next for me in the Land Down Under? Well, I turn 21 on November 2 and I’ll be taking a trip out to Bali, Indonesia, with one of my housemates whose birthday is a few days before mine. After that? Well you’ll have to keep reading to find out…. Little hint I’ll be seeing the Queen real soon.
Fremantle, aka Freo