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Pheobe Wilk, University of Korea
Michael Aspinall, Copenhagen Business School
Rebecca Nelson, Volunteering in Ghana
Joel Wagner, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
Kate Lorenc, Manchester Metropolitan University
Cheyne Lulham, University of South Carolina
Stuart Flinn, Northern Arizona University
Ellienore Fuller, Ho Chi Minh City International University
Sophie Mason, University of Leeds
Pheobe Wilk, Bachelor of Commerce - University of Korea
"The most amazing thing about my time abroad is the incredible impact pushing past my comfort zone had on not only my personality, but my perception of the world and it's different cultures. I find myself understanding more about different cultures and people, and as a result have become more knowledgeable and understanding of people and their backgrounds. It was amazing to become fully immersed into a completely different culture - although it was at times confronting and confusing, I would not give up the experience for anything. I at first considered studying abroad in perhaps the UK or USA, but I think it is far more beneficial to really push your comforts, and try immersing yourself in a culture that you are completely unfamiliar with. Would do it all over again!"
Michael Aspinall, Bachelor of Commerce - Copenhagen Business School
"Choosing to go abroad is choosing to take the plunge into a new world. A world of new friendships, new experiences and freedom. You will gain a sense of responsibility and be empowered to make decisions independently. You will come home trying to convince all of your friends to take this leap and when they do, they will thank you for it. I try to convince almost everyone I come across, to at least think about the possibility of an overseas experience. No need to commit but do some research and discover some of the amazing places that you could visit. I promise you that no matter where you go you will have a fantastic time and make new friends from all over the world. I need to thank the International Office and iLead as without their help I wouldn't be able to say that I've lived, worked and traveled across 4 continents at the age of 22"
Rebecca Nelson, Bachelor of Medicine - Volunteering in Ghana
"Spending a month immersed in another culture was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I spent a lot of my time volunteering in a hospital – a place where I was not only able to use my skills and knowledge, but also where I was afforded the great privilege of connecting with people from another culture on such a human level. It was so special. I also had the opportunity to spend a few days at an orphanage, and was reminded of the beauty in life by these gorgeous smiling faces. Living within a community is so much more valuable than visiting that same place. I will look back on my time in Africa as one of the most significant in my life, and with iLead, there is no excuse to not embrace the same sort of experience!"
Joel Wagner, Bachelor of Teaching/Arts - Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
"I have enjoyed meeting new people (International students and Japanese students), experiencing the culture and participating in the Japanese activities. Don't be afraid to leave the country and study overseas. No matter where you go I guarantee you will have a fantastic time, meet new people and experience a whole new culture."
Kate Lorenc, Bachelor of Physiotherapy - Manchester Metropolitan University
"Everytime I watch this video it makes me smile. Going on exchange was the best decision I have ever made. It was the best year of my life! I have tasted freedom, experienced so many different cultures and made friends for life all over the world. I've come home with the dreaded travel bug, but this has made me even more excited to see the world and gain further life experiences living overseas. I hope this video inspires everyone to take the plunge and study abroad! Don't delay putting in that application. If you've got the drive to immerse yourself in another culture and see Europe, America, Africa or anywhere in the world - start planning for the trip of a lifetime! I may have no money left in the bank, but I have a head full of memories - and that in itself is priceless"
Cheyne Lulham, Bachelor of Business - University of South Carolina
"I can honestly say that my experience studying for one semester in the USA was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. I got to fully immerse myself in another culture, experience typical American college life, travel extensively across the country and meet the most amazing lifelong friends. I increased my confidence, gained independence, became more understanding of different cultures and lifestyles and learnt to love experiencing new things. My advice for anyone even considering going on exchange, is just go for it! It may seem daunting, but I promise you will have the best time of your life! A huge thank-you to the University of Newcastle and the iLead Program for making this possible!"
Stuart Flinn, Bachelor of Business / Commerce - Northern Arizona University
"This is a little insight into my time in the States as part of a Semester Abroad in Flagstaff, Arizona. Everything about this experience was top notch and I urge anyone with the opportunity: Make it happen. Shout out to the ILEAD and the Study Abroad programs at the Uni of Newcastle. Enjoy!"
Ellie Fuller, Bachelor of Communications - Ho Chi Minh City International University
"The best part about going on exchange is the opportunity to really immerse yourself in another culture. You're living in another country, not just travelling and visiting places. I loved slowly getting to understanding the people and the way they go about life and business. It can be a challenge but it is so rewarding! Going on exchange gave me so much more than just an awesome experience; it sparked a fire in me and changed the way I view the world, especially my role in it. I made amazing friends and had such a blast! Oh, and I got to spend my 21st birthday soaking up the sun on an island in Thailand! I absolutely loved my time abroad and I know you will to!"
Sophie Mason, Bachelor of Business/Commerce - University of Leeds
"Studying abroad was the greatest experience of my life. The people you meet, the different countries you are able to visit and the amazing adventures that each day brings is indescribable. I highly recommend studying abroad to anyone who can, I guarantee you will not regret this decision!"
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