During the sophomore year of my Civil Engineering degree, I embarked on a journey to Melbourne, Australia. This proved a critical point for my academic progression — a new learning environment and diversified friendships and social interactions. My semester in Australia taught me the importance of adaptability both inside and outside of the classroom. This was critical to my academic maturation and transition into a career in engineering consulting.
And just as importantly, my time abroad taught me that learning and fun go hand-in-hand. Memorable experiences included footy, rowing day, the Sydney Opera House, kangaroos, koalas, and the Great Ocean Road. I made friends not only from Australia but all over the world. I still correspond with friends from New Zealand, Germany, and the Netherlands. Exploration and adventure can be more than just a daydream or a single semester—it can be a lifestyle.