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UGA - Warnell - Discover Abroad: Maymester Australia and New Zealand: Natural History of the South Pacific (Purple) : 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?
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After having visited Lady Elliot Island, I now understand not only why but how people fall in love with the water. I feel that I am also awestruck by coral reef ecosystems , for honestly I had never before seen so much vigor and diversified life compacted into a space. You feel as if you have returned to an ancestral home (despite the dearth of humans) unbeknownst to you before immersion of both mind and body into the water.
Also, this course studies sustainability, and without a doubt you will learn of local communities' efforts across both NZ and eastern Australia to mitigate local social and environmental conflicts. The more stakeholders involved, the more perspectives and grounded opinions that are too. We as students study these issues, learning to view them at different angles and to negotiate. This asset, negotiation, is a dire thing to learn today in our political world, because it calls for compassion and grassroots exchange of ideas among people. We learned in this program again and again that grassroots organizations do have the power to make a change at the city, state, and federal level. I now realize the helpfulness of city council in such situations.
— Martinique Edwards, Maymester 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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I learned how much more vast the world is than just myself. It honestly gave me a new perspective on life and made me think in ways that I never have before.
— Erin Harman, Maymester 2016
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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My most significant takeaway was a new perspective on the world and the natural beauty of the world. Before this trip, I couldn't have imagined how huge and naturally beautiful this world really is and I never would have thought about our need to conserve and protect it. Now I have a new sense of responsibility to protect the earth and become more sustainable. Also, it has opened my eyes to traveling the world and I now am looking for the next place that I can go. I have a new desire to travel and experience the world and different cultures.
— Jordan Einstein, Maymester 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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Some of the most significant take-aways from my experience were making new friends and seeing a part of the world I have always wanted to see. A trip is only as good as the people you are with, and the people in my group were awesome. I went on the trip not knowing anyone and came back with 31 new friends. My favorite experiences were being able to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef and star gaze. When we were scuba diving, there was so much to see. It was a world of its own and I felt like I was a part of it as I swam around taking in the view. Star gazing was also really cool. We got to see different constellations and we even saw the Milky Way in the sky with multiple shooting stars. That view was unlike anything you will ever see at home.
— Christopher Johnson, Maymester 2017
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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How to live minimally. From being with a large group, constantly on the move with a tight schedule, I learned that the little things in my routines and other aspects of my life did not matter at all. Since I was so busy and having so much fun, I actually completely overlooked them. I learned that it is okay when things do not go according to my own plan. I took away a great appreciation for my environment and also for my peers.
— Ana Abramson, Maymester 2018
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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There is far more that goes on in the world than what we see in our daily routines. Not only with travel opportunities and experiences, but also environmentally. Our environmental impact is global regardless of the source.
— Amanda Crites, Maymester 2018
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
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I learned about the effects of consumption and pollution in our world and how to reduce our global footprint. I feel that I have a pretty good understanding of the impact of single-use plastics, carbon dioxide, fertilizers, (urban development writ large) etc on our environment.
— Priyanka Gokare, Maymester 2018
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
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Take it!! It changed my outlook on how we treat our world and what we could be doing to save it. I learned a lot of things I never even knew about, which is how I was able to develop an image of who the person I should be in this world.
— Marisa Stewart, Maymester 2016
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
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Do it. This program is life changing and I can't stress enough how much I would love to do it all over again. Also, go on the purple cohort because the professors are the best.
— Jordan Einstein, Maymester 2017
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
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Do it. Especially the purple. You learn so much from great professors who are super understanding and care incredibly about you. If you love outdoor activities, making life long friends and traveling to places you may never get the chance to, it is the program for you.
— Ana Abramson, Maymester 2018
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
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Take a Mac or have an I phone because Air drop was incredibly useful throughout the trip. Have personal conversations with and get to know everyone on your trip including the TA and professors.
— Katelyn Cavender, Maymester 2018
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
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It is an outstanding choice because it is one of the few programs that guides you through several different cities along the way. If you are nervous about what to do during free weekends in other study abroad programs, this specific one is a great choice because everything is taken care of for you!
— Amanda Crites, Maymester 2018
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
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Come into the program with an open mind about the people and content of the trip. Challenge yourself to interact and make friends with those you normally would not and learn about the world from an entirely life-changing perspective.
— Priyanka Gokare, Maymester 2018
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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I pushed myself in ways that I haven't before and learned so much about myself. It expanded my interest in seeing the world around me.
— Erin Harman, Maymester 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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It impacted me a lot; I don't consider myself a very emotional person but their were times on this trip I could feel myself in a depressed (in a "good" way) state, because I just couldn't believe all the things I was learning. A lot of the things I was learning didn't have a good prognosis and it really got to me. Currently and in my future, I hope to spread the knowledge about sustainability and what we can do to help our planet. I've already started implementing "sustainable" actions in my own home and I have a new found appreciation of daily items that I didn't before.
— Marisa Stewart, Maymester 2016
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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It just changed my perspective and gave me the desire to travel and change my lifestyle. It helped me learn a lot about myself and helped me find new passions and opened my eyes to the world around me. Until you travel around the world, it is impossible to grasp how big and special of a place it truly is.
— Jordan Einstein, Maymester 2017
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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I am much more conscious about my use of plastic. I realized what an impact it has on the environment; an impact that I did not know existed before going on this trip.
— Amanda Crites, Maymester 2018
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
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I am hoping to reduce my consumption and negative impact on this world. I want to reduce plastic, water, and electricity usage. I hope to educate people on what is happening in the Great Barrier Reef and to our planet, and I hope people will understand and take action with me.
— Priyanka Gokare, Maymester 2018