Brianna Tabit from Grand Valley State University in the US: 10 Things International Students Will Miss After Leaving USC!
G’day Mates! My name is Brianna Tabit and I am from Michigan in the United States. Through a partnership with my home university, Grand Valley State University, I was able to spend the last semester studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). As my time is coming to an end, I have come up with a list of 10 things that international students will miss once they have to say goodbye to the Sunny Coast.
10 things you will miss when you leave USC:
|1. Taking photos of the kangaroos on campus||The locals will quickly be able to spot international students on campus the minute there is a kangaroo hopping around. Within seconds, you’ll see people pulling out their phones to take photos of the roos for their social media and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!|
|2. Going to the beach on a school day||The best part of the day is being able to go to the beach with your mates before or after class.|
|3. All of the beaches||On that note, you will miss being able to have a variety of beaches to choose from on the Sunshine Coast.|
|4. Having the locals make you try Aussie food||While free food may be nice, make sure you do your research before you eat what you’re Australian friends give you. Do NOT let anyone feed you a spoonful of Vegemite – not my favourite..|
|5. Trying to mimic your Australian friends accents||It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve asked your friends to repeat their sentences so you can try to accomplish their accent, I promise you it’s not easy.|
|6. Being surrounded by unique town names||Have fun pronouncing these for the first time: Sippy Downs, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Buderim, Currimundi, Diddillibah|
|7. Telling people you’re going to the University of the Sunshine Coast||Your friends and family may question the legitimacy of the university after you tell them the name of it. While you may spend most of your days laying on the beach in the sunshine, you can reassure them you still have plenty of assessments to work on once the sun goes down.|
|8. Being so close to the Australia Zoo||Being less than 30 minutes away from the Australia Zoo, is the best excuse to relive your childhood memories of watching the Crocodile Hunter. If you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to meet one of the Irwins.|
|9. Magpies||When most people think of Australia, they think of giant snakes and spiders. However, on the Sunshine Coast we only have to worry about a bird called the Magpie. Don’t let the name fool you though, these tiny birds are much more vicious than they look. While you may not miss the bird, you will miss seeing all of the unique anti-magpie-attack bicycle helmets.|
|10. Thinking twice before turning on the TV||When you’re living on the Sunshine Coast, it is impossible to be bored. There are plenty of oceans to surf, cafes to try, mountains to climb, music festivals to go to, and barbeques to attend.|
– Brianna Tabit @sustainablesista