CAS '20 Abigail Waugh

SA: University of Sydney

Program Abroad:

  • Semester Abroad (SA): University of Sydney, Australia

Ask me about...

  • Getting a job abroad to help support myself financially and to meet people locally

  • Job hunting in a different country

My Experience Abroad:

While I was abroad, I took classes that counted for my major. I learned about ecology and environmental issues from a new perspective which I can now apply to my classes at Penn. Since Australia has such a unique natural landscape I was able to gain a better understanding of the role habitat plays into conservation. I also learned how sustainability is integrated into daily life, which is applicable to my classes at Penn that are related to climate change and waste management.

Other Highlights:

  • Meeting people from all backgrounds. Even though we were from different places, we were able to connect and learn from each other.

  • Traveling around Australia and neighboring countries.

  • Exploring new cultures.

  • Seeing the different wildlife that Australia has. I gained a better understanding of the ecology of the region from my classes so I appreciated the diversity while visiting zoos and hiking around Sydney. Many of the animals that are common to the region I had never seen and it really sparked my interest in my studies even more.

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