Elizabeth O’Brien

Liz hanging out with a cute baby wallaby in Australia

Liz studied abroad in Sydney, Australia and now works in NYC at MRM Worldwide.

Where did you go to school?

Boston University

Where and when did you study abroad?

I studied abroad during the spring 2006 semester in Sydney, Australia.

What program did you go on?

Boston University Sydney Internship Program

What was the BEST part about studying abroad?

I made friends from other schools, countries, and continents that I’ll have forever.

What was your BIGGEST challenge when studying abroad?

I had a little bit of “culture shock” at first, even though I thought Australian culture wouldn’t be to different from American culture.  There were different quirks I learned, which made me eventually feel like a true “Sydneysider”!

How did studying abroad help you?

I learned that I can travel halfway around the world and make a brand new life for myself.  It was very empowering to feel like I did it all on my own.  I had an internship while I was there and they wanted me to stay after my program was over! Sadly I had to return to the U.S., but it was a great feeling to have made that kind of impact!

What have you been doing post studying abroad?

Now I live in New York City and work in advertising. I work with several Australians, and it’s always great to be able to bond over talk of my Australian travels!

Your BEST piece of advice for a student who is thinking about studying abroad?

Just do it!  Find a way to make it work. Whether it’s getting your grades up for the admission process or taking extra classes.  Pick a place, and go.  It’s worth it!

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