CAS '19 Rebecca Pels

SA: University of Melbourne

Program Abroad:

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

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My Experience Abroad:

While abroad I was enrolled in anthropology, psychology, and criminology courses. As a medical anthropology major and psychoanalytic studies minor, taking these classes afforded me an Australian perspective on areas of study I had considered from an American standpoint. This knowledge was very valuable and bolstered my understanding of these subjects upon returning to Penn.

Other Highlights:

  • Traveling! Going abroad is a wonderful experience, and if you have the ability to travel to other areas of your country of study or surrounding countries I would definitely recommend doing so. I was able to see so many wonderful things.

  • Meeting Locals. Living at Ormond allowed me to foster strong friendships with Australians, which is something I believe other Penn students found challenging to do.

  • Experiencing a different academic culture. It was very interesting to learn how college (university) was perceived and treated in a foreign country. It led me to be more inquisitive regarding how college is treated in the United States.

  • Independence. Being away from home for upwards of six months, and in my case 10,000 miles away from home, is something that early 20 year-olds in college often don’t do. It taught me to be reliant on myself and become more independent.

  • Appreciation. Going abroad can mean so many different things to different people. For me, it made me exponentially more appreciative of Penn and home. Having a break from that environment allows you to consider what you really appreciate about it, and my Spring 2018 term after returning was one of my best yet. 

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