It was about a year ago, Spring 2016, I made the decision to apply for the student exchange program at KPU. Crazy knowing nine months have gone by and I'm still in the process of filling out paperwork. Although I'm almost there, I wanted to do a short post on how this opportunity crossed my path and to give you a heads up, I'm going to Australia!
Story goes, I was studying with friend who I met in my Macro class, great guy, we were in the library studying and I brought up the idea of going on an exchange. Little did I know that "idea" is soon to be reality. I also bet he's super jealous because I told him to apply with me but he only has a few classes left to graduate so it wouldn't of worked out.
Before I could fill out the application, I had to decide where I wanted to go. I knew for sure I wanted to go to Australia however, I was torn between Perth or Melbourne; both very beautiful places. I make the decision by a flip of a coin. Melbourne, it is.
As of February 2017, I will be considered an International student at Swinburne University of Technology at the Hawthorn campus, Melbourne. Now you can't disagree that sounds pretty awesome. I just can't wait to be walking around with heavy textbooks and a smile on my face heading to class. I plan on taking my electives there so total of three classes. Intro to tourism, families relationships and sexuality and writing fiction, all over the place. Business, sociology and literature. What's great about studying abroad is that you can take courses that arn't available at your current institution, so why not take advantage of that! I never thought I would be this excited to go to school..
I must share that this is the longest, complicated, paperwork process I have ever experienced with back and forth emails, scheduled meetings, phone calls and tons of research but is it worth it? I sure hope so. Today I sent off one of the many paperwork bundles, but this one was special. This was my "acceptance" paperwork, accepting their offer as an exchange student. Now, I wait for the official letter stating "YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED" which then, will be used to apply for visa followed by finally booking my flight. Let me repeat myself, complicated.
I am super grateful that I have this opportunity to even consider going on an exchange. If it weren't for the staff who have been helping me through this process, I wouldn't be where I am today, thank you! I emphasize that the culture at KPU is beyond supportive. I never hesitate to reach out for support or any question that need answers. KPU is almost a second home, where friends are family and the Surrey Library Campus is my bedroom since I've fallen asleep so many times there. What I love about KPU is the small classroom sizes and the teachers. They are able to really connect with their students and offer additional learning support. I have never been declined help from a professor, thank goodness.
I'm looking forward to studying abroad and seeing how different it is compared to studying at KPU!
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