Hi my name’s Samantha Coombe and I’m one of three media students working in India. From Applying in November to boarding the plane to India in January the experience of traveling abroad for a study tour has been a whirlwind of excitement, exhaustion and adventure.
We stepped off the plane in Ahmedabad to be met with penetrating scents, vibrant colours, and the intensity of life India is made of. All twenty CQUni students on this study trip can vouch that India has shocked, excited and fascinated us. Continue reading Namaste from India
Mesmerised is the word that describes my reaction when I first arrived at CQUniversity Rockhampton — the main campus of the University.
I went there to take part in the Chancellor’s Cup, an annual sports tournament. Teams from different campuses competed in sports like cricket, touch football and basketball. Continue reading A week at CQUniversity Rockhampton
The sad part of an outbound exchange program is that the program itself is for a short term. We get to meet lot of people and make new friends or rather I should say friends for a lifetime and then leave to our own ways. The first week was slow but the remaining weeks went like a flash. Continue reading Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – The End
Imperial War Museum
Class today was at the Imperial War Museum. I spent five hours there, staying until closing, but I probably could have used another couple of hours. Most of my time was spent in the Holocaust exhibit–it was both horrifying and fascinating at the same time. Will definitely be going back to see the parts I missed today.
Continue reading Random Musings of a Study Abroad Student. Part Five and The End
During the last three weeks, we all had the opportunity to go on several excursions to other cities and areas. These day trips have given me the opportunity to know more about Osaka’s culture, food and people. The first trip was at Nara’s Todai-ji temple which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part Three
My three day tour of Scotland (parts of) was an epic fail—I did not find the Loch Ness Monster, so I am not any richer now than when I left London.
Continue reading Random Musings of a Study Abroad Student. Part Four.
I always knew Japanese food is among the top healthiest cuisines in the world. I got this perception by reading books and watching documentaries until I had the real experience in Osaka. Continue reading Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part Two
My excitement about going to Japan turned into anxiousness when I heard that I was the only international student who got the opportunity to go on this lifetime study abroad adventure with 14 domestic students.
Continue reading Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part one
I am finding plenty of time to be a tourist in London. Here are some of my recent adventures!
Changing of the Cavalry Guard and Buckingham Palace
The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is a spectacular affair to say the least. So much fanfare, and every single day! The horses on guard out the front have been known to kick and bite tourists trying to capture the ultimate photo (or at least that’s what the signs say). I survived a photo with the horses without incident, much to my relief.
Continue reading Random Musings of a Study Abroad Student. Part Two.
The adventure begins…
For the next six months I will be living and learning in the heart of London at LSBU (London South Bank University). I have studied in various disciplines over the years, but one key lesson I have learned is that while grades are important, it is the overall experience beyond the classroom that leads to the greatest personal and professional development and ultimately, success after university.
Continue reading Random Musings of a Study Abroad Student. Part One.