The End of an Eternal Summer

It’s just the beginning of December, but for me, this semester in Brisbane, Australia has come to an end. Looking over my journal on the 25 hour trip home, I had one of the most amazing semesters of my life. I took trips all across Australia and New Zealand, swam with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, sailed through the Whitsunday Islands, hiked through the outback, toured Sydney, hiked through national forests and visited plenty of beaches. The trips have been amazing, but I’ve also been lucky enough to make some of the best friends I’ve ever met over the past four months. This semester has been easier academically than most and when you add that to the endless sunshine of Australia, I had tons of time to hang out with my new friends. I was lucky enough to live in International House, which is sort of like a fraternity for students from Korea, South Africa, the US, England, China, Australia and many more! When I left to go abroad to Australia, I thought the culture would be almost identical to my experiences in the US (or at least California). Instead, I was surprised by the debates and differences I had with my new friends. Saying goodbye was definitely hard, but I’m happy to know some amazing people who live all around the world. So back to America I go! Time and time again this semester, I found myself saying, “This is amazing, but I can’t wait for _______.” For each trip I went on, I had another one waiting just around the corner. I had a semester of continual adventures, and now I’m off to another one! This time I’ll exchange my tan and sand-filled backpack for a winter coat and Christmas decorations. Compared to the other students abroad this semester, I have a relatively long winter break, and so I’ve planned even more trips to keep me going! Off to ski with my family and visit friends back in Boston, my semester of eternal summer has finally ended. It was amazing, but I can’t wait for the next adventure just around the corner. Cheers mate!

Alyssa Florack