Back in the States, I pride myself on being a very focused and attentive student. That being said, there aren’t any beautiful beaches leading to the picturesque waters of the Indian Ocean in the Midwest.
Though I’m just going into my seventh week of uni (in Australia, the semesters begin in February and run until November) I feel as though I have a pretty solid idea of the most obvious differences between the American and Australian educational systems.
One of my favorite things about being an international student is the unfiltered perceptions of America and its political system and values. It might not be all sugar and smiles, but it’s the genuine experience I was looking for when I decided to go abroad. Though I don’t believe one student can be an accurate representative of an entire country, it is nice when my lecturers give weight to what I have to say as someone who lives in the States. This shouldn’t give the impression that there aren’t a lot of international students at Murdoch, however: there are actually over a thousand! The university and the students are simply so welcoming, it feels as though I’ve gone to school here for longer than just two months.