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By Kaitlyn Terrey
Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation Student, College of Fine Arts and Production

I have self-diagnosed early onset reverse culture shock. That’s right – adjusting to life back home in a few days will honestly be more difficult than adjusting to life in Australia, I think.

In my time here, I’ve become an Aussie at heart in more ways than one. I mentioned in my first blog post that I was hoping to pick up an accent. And while I’m unconvinced that I have, despite what my family tells me, I’ve definitely picked up a lot of Aussie slang. Most slang here is shortening words so, to be honest, I just sound more basic when I use it but that’s neither here nor there.

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By Kaitlyn Terrey
Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation Student, College of Fine Arts and Production

Gold Coast is lovely this time of year. Any time of year, really. I spent most of the last few days in Surfers Paradise, appropriately named for its miles of sweeping coastline and constant breakers near the shore, perfect for surfing. Of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity so I rented a board myself! I stood up a few times and didn’t succumb to some waves with apparent murderous intentions, so I’d say it was a success. 

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By Kaitlyn Terrey
Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation Student, College of Fine Arts and Production

First tropic of conversation: Cairns. (Yes, I meant to say tropic.)

Cairns is about as far north in Australia you can go. And the closer you get to the equator, the warmer it is, which is exactly what I was after. Melbourne’s getting a bit chilly for this Arizona wimp’s taste! I soaked up all the sun possible in two days and returned a crisp of my former self. For once in my life, I’m the only one with tan lines in a several mile radius so you could say I’m ecstatic. 

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By Kaitlyn Terrey
Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation Student, College of Fine Arts and Production

Over my Easter break, I had to check out Melbourne’s rival city, Sydney. It is home of the famous opera house, P Sherman 42 Wallaby Way and competitor for capital of Australia (a contest which both cities lost, by the way.)

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By Kaitlyn Terrey
Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation Student, College of Fine Arts and Production

 Let me tell you a little about Melbs. Being the shameless nerd with exquisite taste that I am, the European-style architecture makes even my hour-long tram trips into the city interesting. Some need tunes or Angry Birds to pass the time, but I’m perfectly content with seeing Federation-style houses outside my window, thank you very much.

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By Kaitlyn Terrey
Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation Student, College of Fine Arts and Production

You know you live in Melbourne when you can make a casual weekend trip to Tasmania. And that’s exactly what we did! Four Americans and one Canadian set off on an adventure. Five of us packed into a tiny Toyota rental (rather reminiscent of a clown car at a circus) with endless people pouring out of it at every stop.

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By Kaitlyn Terrey
Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation Student, College of Fine Arts and Production

Imagine an eerie, but super cool parallel universe, like something out of a Christopher Nolan film. That’s what Australia is like compared to the U.S. Everything is exactly the opposite. The lights switch the opposite way, cars drive on the opposite side of the road and the driver’s side is on the right (wrong) side of the car. The seasons are opposite, they use Celsius and the metric system, the phone rings differently and McDonald’s burgers are even being served upside down at some places. (True story!)

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By Kaitlyn Terrey
Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation Student, College of Fine Arts and Production

On Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, after a mere 14 hours on a plane, coupled with Melatonin and two in-flight meals that were presumably baked pigeon, I found myself on the other side of the world. Everything in New Zealand feels differently, but oddly familiar at the same time – like an eerie parallel universe where the people are wildly friendly and the animals are not.

Not to mention, I basically time-traveled to get here and lost a full 24 hours crossing the international dateline. You’re literally reading something being written on a day that you haven’t even lived yet. Spooky, right? 

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Cheering young couple take a selfie portrait on the road standing next to a kangaroo warning sign, Australia.

By Kaitlyn Terrey
Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation Student, College of Fine Arts and Production

I’d like to tell some big dramatic story about how this particular study abroad program was written in the stars for me, like the night a winged kangaroo with flaxen fur came to me in a vision and said, “Go to Australia, Kaitlyn. It is your destiny.”

However, that’s not at all what happened.

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