Study Abroad

Madeline Kenny

Madeline Kenny

What was one of your most meaningful experiences?
There are several instances that stand out, but one of the most amazing things I experienced was on a trip to Sydney. Our flight got in late, and my friends and I checked into our hostel and then immediately headed to the Sydney Opera House to see it lit up. When we got there, there was no one there except a security guard. To be able to see that magnificent piece of architecture and such a well-known landmark without the crowds of tourists was incredible. We had the whole wharf to ourselves and everyone took in the moment deeply and quietly to themselves.

Why should Lasell students study abroad?
Breaking out of your comfort zone and exploring another part of the world is a life changing experience. You will make new friends and grow as a person and I could not speak more highly of my experience.

What is your number one piece of advice for students studying abroad?
Try and make new friends. Even if you traveled there with people you know, it is so worth the time to branch out and meet other student, whether they are locals or other study abroad students. I keep in close contact with all my friends from abroad and they are some of my closest friends.

What is a typical day in the life when studying abroad?
I would wake up and go to classes and hang around campus until my friends were out of class. Then we would all go back to a friend's apartment and go to the beach or explore the city. On the weekend we either traveled to a different city, or explored further parts of our coast that were too far for just an afternoon. Gold Coast is made up of miles of beaches, each very different than the last which made for a new adventure every day.