Last spring, Ashley Meier ’19 EE spent the semester studying abroad at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In her time in the land down under, Ashley had a variety of experiences that helped her grow, both academically and culturally, and that could not be found anywhere else.
Originally, what made you want to go study abroad? And – what made you choose to go to Australia?
I wanted to study abroad to see how life is outside of the US, to experience a different culture, and to interact and befriend people who are very different from me. I choose Australia because I enjoy the outdoors and nature-related activities that Australia has to offer.
Overall, how was your experience?
My experience abroad was amazing. I met a lot of great people both from the US and from Australia. I learned how different people live their lives from culture to culture, but also how similar it is.
Often times studying abroad is viewed as difficult for engineers due to the course load we have. Did you have to do any alternative scheduling (overloading, summer classes, etc.) in order to accomplish this?
I took a couple summer classes after my freshman year, which definitely helped me have an easier time scheduling my abroad classes. As an electrical engineer, studying abroad took a lot of juggling of my schedule to get it to work out, but it is very doable.
Now that you’re back on campus, do you feel that you are behind at all from your classmates that stayed last semester?
I feel as if I am a little behind because they have taken more classes that directly relate to my major, which makes the classes we are all taking this semester a little easier. However, I wouldn’t take back my abroad experience for anything, and classes will even themselves out after the first semester back.