Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
My name is Victoria and I’m a senior at SLU from Albany, NY. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t dream of traveling to Australia, and I’m so thankful I got the opportunity to study abroad in Townsville, Queensland during the Spring of 2013. James Cook University was the perfect place for me to expand on my Biology major, with a focus on marine biology. Studying at JCU allowed me to visit the Great Barrier reef with my classes, and learn from professors and students who were experts in the field. The chance to study marine wildife in it’s natural habitat is something I can’t always do at St. Lawrence, plus I met so many amazing people from all over the world.
Although JCU is a much larger school than St. Lawrence, living in George Roberts Hall gave me the chance to meet lots of Aussies and learn about their culture. I never would have thought I’d enjoy attending a large school until I spent my semester abroad. It gave me a sense of independence that I didn’t have before.
After my semester ended I spent five weeks traveling around Australia and New Zealand with two friends from JCU, some of the most amazing weeks of my life. My time in Australia broadened my love for traveling, and I can’t wait to share that with my peers at St. Lawrence who are considering studying abroad!