Mariann Brubakken from Kilroy Norway studying a Bachelor of Nutrition at USC Sunshine Coast

1-bicubic (2)Hi, my name is Mariann and I am a student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

After high school I wanted to experience more of the world as well as I was eager to start my study. I had heard about Kilroy form a friend that was studying in Australia at the moment, and I decided to have a look at their website.  I ended up messaging Kilroy about study options abroad. I wanted to live somewhere close to the ocean and was advised about some great universities in Australia, including USC, where I am now currently studying.

I wanted to have the opportunity have electives with my course, and was advised that I was able to do that at USC, which also contributed to me choosing to study at USC where I was able to combine my Bachelor of Nutrition with a Minor in Journalism in addition to some Public Health electives. Kilroy was very helpful with assisting me finding a university that had what I was looking for, and also helped make the application process as easy as possible.

2Living on the Sunshine Coast is absolutely amazing, and it has some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen in my life. There are heaps of local cafés and opportunities to get new experiences, such as surfing and climbing which is something that I really enjoy doing whilst living here on the coast. The semester summer breaks are also pretty long here at USC which have given me the opportunity to do some travelling around Australia and to Bali, booked through Kilroy’s website. Deciding to do a bachelor in Australia has given me so many great memories and friendships that I will treasure for life.

Doing a heavy science-based course, I really appreciate all the support USC have had to offer as well as the chill vibe that the Sunshine Coast has. I would absolutely recommend studying at USC!

Penny from Sweden studying at USC

First year student studying full-time at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), in Queensland, Australia.

I am almost done with my first year at USC where I am doing a Bachelor of Nutrition degree.  Moving to Australia was both terrifying and the best thing that could ever happen to me.

When I first arrived here I did not really know what to expect. The first person I met at my accommodation was my roommate who said I’d better look out for snakes in the trees! I seriously considered going home because I was so scared. But let me tell you, I have seen one snake and none of the big spiders they are blabbing on about back home.

Australians are the friendliest of people and an international student like me needed a little bit more help than others. Australians do love helping me.

I have made some amazing friends here that I call my family. And Oh, all the places you will go! There is never a boring moment here on the Sunshine Coast. Here, we actually walk on sunshine!
If you had told me over a year ago that I would leave everything I know and move by myself to the other side of the world, I would have thought you were crazy. But here I am. This year I have definitely learnt that you have no idea what is ahead of you and that you can do anything you set your mind to.

Sweden was my first bit of my life, Australia is my second. I am excited to see what my third life will be!

Cheers mate,

Penny!