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UGA - Warnell - Discover Abroad: Summer Australia: Global Health : Testimonials (Brisbane)

The following program testimonial responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Final Reflection Questions
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
I learned about how sustainability and public health are interrelated.
— Lauren Balotin, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
The most significant take-away from my experience is the concept of interconnectivity. In some way or another, every action we take impacts those around us. Something as small as our attitude to the choices we make when buying products to the type of transportation we take can significantly affect our peers. We cannot stand alone. This world is so large, but we have the capability to build community wherever we go. Our environment is connected in a way that provides life. By destroying parts of our ecosystem, part of life is being destroyed. It is so important to be aware and cautious of the decisions we are making.
— Jillian Coheley, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
I gained a deeper understanding of Australia. I was able to see Australia for more than just wallaby's and the Sydney Opera House. I experienced different environments that I would not have otherwise known about.
— Sarah Gardner, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Being in an unknown environment disconnected from America really gave me time for self reflection and to view life in a new way.
— Claudia Gawrys, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
Getting out of my bubble and truly seeing the world impacted me tremendously. I realized that people from other countries are just like us: hungry, loving, ambitious, and that you can identify with every person you meet abroad. The world is falling apart in front of us, and maybe if everyone took some time to identify with others and think past their own existence we could fix that.
— Wesley Jones, Summer 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
This trip opened my mind to how similar the United States and Australia are in terms of history with the Native American and Aboriginal tribes and how they are still not thought highly of to this day. We all got a first hand look into the beauty and fragility of the ecosystems that people depend greatly on and realized that it is our duty to protect them.
— Natalie Hilton, Summer 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
If you feel a tug to go on this program, you need to follow that tug. If certain things are holding you back like finances or being home sick, you have to let all of that go. The people on this trip will become your family while you are abroad. The amount of knowledge you will learn is something that cannot be learned sitting in a classroom back at home. You have the opportunity to directly experience a hands-on approach to learning, while making incredible connections with the people around you.
— Jillian Coheley, Summer 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
Go in with an open mind, don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, talk to the students in your group because they will become your best friends.
— Claudia Gawrys, Summer 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
1. Bring a lot of spending money
2. Go out of your way to be nice and open minded
3. Don't feel compelled to impress anyone
4. Tell people how you feel if you have a problem
5. Don't miss anything, no madder how tired, scared or behind on schoolwork
— Wesley Jones, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
I learned more about sustainability, which helped me decide to major in environmental science.
— Lauren Balotin, Summer 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
The experiences from diving in the Great Barrier Reef and walking through the rainforest furthered my passion for my marine science major and environmental health minor. It also allowed me to talk to experts in the field and hear stories from their travels and experiences.
— Sarah Gardner, Summer 2016