- Departure Date:
- Jun. 01 2014
- Return Date:
- Aug. 10 2014
- Local Institution:
- Franklin & Marshall
- Local Advisor:
- Andrea Lommen
- Foreign Institution:
- Swinburne University
- Foreign Advisor:
- Evan Keane
- Student Status:
- Q. What country were you staying in?
- Q. What university were you attending/doing research at?
Swinburne University of Technology
- Q. How long were you there?
- Q. What sort of research were you doing?
was doing some basic data processing to help with the search for
fast radio bursts. At times I was also creating simulations of what
a gravitational wave bursts would look like in pulsar residual
- Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing?
was already doing research in gravitational wave astronomy before I
went to Australia but it strengthened my desire to continue
- Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad?
Experiencing a culture that you’ve never been a part of before. We
get so used to American culture that it is a really valuable
experience to go to a different country and be the foreigner. The
people in Australia are so friendly and really wanted to introduce
me to some of the most important parts of Australian culture.
- Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language?
No worries. A lot of Australians use this phrase instead of I’m
sorry and I love it. I’ve been using it every day ever since I’ve
- Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad?
my abroad experience the hardest part was going to a different
country by myself. I had heard my friend’s abroad experience that
was through a program with other kids and they did a great job of
integrating my friend into the environment. Going to a different
country by yourself you really have to figure it out on your own and
be fearless in trying to integrate yourself into the
- Q. What did you do in your free time?
spent a lot of time with some people I met who I was working with.
We would explore the city of Melbourne and find other fun
activities to do such as exploring the great ocean road.
- Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
I’ve always wanted to see the Great Barrier Reef so it was a dream
- Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
wouldn’t say it was weird but trying vegemite was an interesting
experience to say the least…
- Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad?
Find housing long before you leave. It’s much harder to find a
place to live than you might think.
- Q. What skills have you learned abroad?
became a much more confident person while I was abroad. Being in a
different country alone is definitely hard but it teaches you a lot
about yourself very quickly and forces you to learn how to be a
strong independent person.
- Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d
The only thing I regret about my trip is not being able to visit New
Zealand while I was down there. Hopefully next time I get to
Australia I can visit the adventure capital of the world.