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Melissa Homakie '04

Major: Language Arts Composite for Elementary Education

Study Abroad Location: University of Wollongong (AustraLearn)

Program Duration: Fall 2002

Favorite Course: 19th Century Australian Literary Culture

Favorite Memory: My semester abroad was absolutely amazing! The people are what made this experience for me. The Australians are awesome and I made great friends with so many of them in my dorm, Weerona. Some things I did that stand out are skydiving, surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling, mountain hiking, going out all the time, dorm life, and a big spring break road trip to Queensland, just to name a few.

Advice: If you go to the University of Wollongong, try to live in Weerona College and request to live with an Australian roommate. It's the real way to truly experience the culture. Campus East is also another good choice for a dorm. Another piece of advice that I wish I would have had before I went: don't set your return flight date for right after the end of the semester. I did because I thought I would be ready to come home by then, but boy was I wrong. It ends up being quite expensive to try and change your return flight date later on, so I would suggest leaving yourself a lot of extra time after the semester is over for more traveling, staying with new friends, etc. because you won't want to come home right away. Trust me!