Wharton '21 Erin Lomboy

SA: University of Sydney
WIP: Travel to Italy

Programs Abroad:

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

  • Wharton International Program (WIP): Travel to Italy

Ask me about...

  • Recruiting while abroad (16-hour time difference meant some 2:00 AM interviews!)

  • Traveling while abroad

  • Adapting to life halfway across the world

  • Budgeting, planning cheap trips, and making the most of the experience      

My Experience Abroad:

As someone who went on a plane and left the country for the very first time my freshman year to explore business in Italy as part of the WH298 WIEP trip, having the opportunity to study and live over 10,000 miles away at the University of Sydney in Australia was mind-blowing. I took classes that fulfilled my English minor and a geology class during the summer semester for my NSME requirement. Studying geology in such a diverse country with an incredible landscape was a highlight of my abroad experience, and my trip to the Outback was the perfect culmination of the class as I was better able to appreciate Uluru, one of the largest monoliths in the world. Overall, the experience of studying and exploring in such an amazing country opened my eyes to the benefits of travel and, although going out of your comfort zone is intimidating, I've learned that this discomfort is necessary to grow, learn, and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Other Highlights:

  • Traveling to Melbourne for the Australian Open

  • Australia wildlife: holding a koala, feeding kangaroos, riding a camel, and taking selfies with emus

  • Seeing a rainbow while kayaking by the Opera House in Sydney Harbour

  • Whirlwind trips such as visiting Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, and Brisbane in one long weekend

  • Going on my very first hike in the Outback

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