To start off, I'm Lydia, a student at Humboldt State University, spending my Spring 2017 semester in Australia. I'll be studying at Charles Sturt University to advance my studies in kinesiology and recreation. My passion is to further community health, and I believe that wellness in all forms is a right that everyone should have access to. Studying abroad is the perfect opportunity for me to immerse myself in a foreign community and learn to work alongside peoples from all walks of life - a valuable skill for my future career.
I have agreed to keep this blog while abroad to help spread awareness of Humboldt State's study abroad program, and to connect HSU students with my Australian campus. Beyond my responsibility to the school, I have grown excited to document my journey for myself. I hope to display a comprehensive view of my study abroad experience, and keep record of the memories I might forget otherwise.
As this is my first shot at blogging, I will be entering this new realm with the help of a couple of tools. I am bringing an empty journal, my DSLR, and my iPhone along with me to Australia. I find it easiest to write my honest thoughts and emotions on paper, rather than typing it out, so I am bringing along a lengthy journal. I received this as a gift from my friend Hailey, and have saved it specifically for this trip. I have had my Canon T3i for almost three years, but haven't used it as much as I would like to. Hopefully, bringing it on this trip will be the perfect opportunity to utilize the photography skills I have bottled up since leaving my high school yearbook team. Of course, my Canon will have to stay behind on certain outings and trips, so I will keep my phone close to document those adventures.
This first entry was written from my hostel in Sydney, a few hours after landing in Aus. The weeks to come are going to be as busy and overwhelming as moving to a new country has been. I'm preparing for new classes, a new house, and an endless meet and greet with students, teachers, and new friends. Those are just the basic elements of this big change I am diving into, and I honestly can't wait to see what comes along with them.