Nicole Moffa studied abroad in Queensland, Australia. She now works for The University of Nicosia/Global Semesters.
Where did you go to school?
When and where did you study abroad?
James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
What was the BEST part about studying abroad?
The best part of studying abroad is exploring and learning about yourself and a new country. Getting lost in a new location surrounded by a new environment and culture is a 24/7 learning experience which is more than just your typical classroom lectures during a typical semester in the US. One of the best locations I found while wondering through my new city was a walking path. It was a very tranquil location along the river through the rain forest. It was a great place to eat lunch, hang out with friends, relax or go for a run!
What did you learn about the rest of the world from studying abroad? What did you learn about yourself from the experience?
While studying abroad I learned how connected we all are and how we truly live in a global community. Learning about globalization in a classroom setting is completely different than going out and experiencing it first hand. Reading or being lectured about a culture or a place is completely different than physically being there.
While abroad, I realized how independence and strong of an individual I am. I was able to plan trips and travel alone in a foreign country and be confident in my decisions. One of the most important things I think I learned abroad was to slow down every now and then. I live in a very fast paced community. Having a “go-go-go!!” mind-set all the time will make you miss out on some of the little things in life.
What was your BIGGEST challenge when studying abroad?
My biggest challenge while studying abroad was managing my funds. I did not take into account how much money I was actually spending, in USD NOT AUD. After a slight shock from my first credit card bill, I sat down and created a budget. Though I was not able to accomplish everything I wanted while abroad, it put into perspective what was most important to me. By doing this, I was able to visit: Mission Beach, The Whitsunday Islands, Fraser Island, Cairns, Sydney, Innisfail, Brisbane, Daintree Rainforest, Mossman, Port Douglas, Airlie Beach and snorkel multiple times in the Great Barrier Reef. Luckily, I have done a much better job at managing my funds since then!
How did studying abroad change your life?
Personally, studying abroad challenged me in a new way and gave me the travel bug. I now have a passion for traveling and personal growth. I recently grabbed a backpack and headed for Europe where I explored Spain, Italy and France. Doing this experience alone was not only a great way for me to challenge myself but also fulfilled my desire to travel, until my next urge comes along. :)
Studying abroad helped me realize what I wanted to do after college graduation. After having this life altering experience, I decided I needed to educate other on this amazing opportunity and continue my global education! I was fortunate to return back to the east coast and intern at Quinnipiac University’s Office of Multicultural and Global Education Office. Having this opportunity confirmed my desire to work with International Education.
What have you been doing post studying abroad?
I currently work for The University of Nicosia/Global Semesters. I proactively advise and assist students with program selection, academic fit, application and approval process, credit transfer, and sources of funding; specific to home campus policies and procedures. I work with students from submission of inquiry questions, through the application process, until the student departs for his/her program abroad.
I also manage the social media and the blog for our students. If you are on facebook, twitter, instagram or pinterest check it out @globalsemesters
What’s your BEST piece of advice for a student who is thinking about studying abroad?
DO IT! If you are on this website reading this and contemplating whether to go abroad or not, why are you waiting? Studying abroad was the best decision I made while in college. If I went abroad earlier than I did, I most likely would have spent every semester in a different country. It is a decision you won’t regret!