20 Things Only People Who Studied Abroad At USC Sunshine Coast Will Understand

1. You thought that the kangaroos at campus were photoshopped until you got here:

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2. It was pretty hard to choose between studying, going to class, and this:

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Photo: @sofiegam

3.These freakin’ birds tried to steal your brass meals:

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3. Watching a boxing game between two kangaroos was more exciting than Mayweather vs McGregor:

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4.  You realised that surfing was not as easy as it looks:

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5. And you sometimes preferred to sunbathe instead, realising 50+ is the only smart choice around here:

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6. You almost got a heart attack seeing someone walking barefoot into the shops

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7. You gave up dressing nice the first week on campus when you realised people rock up in your lectures wearing thongs (flip flops) anyway:

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8. The disappointment when you’ve been looking forward to Brasserie’s Chicken Parmy all day and it’s sold out..

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9. Back to the birds: You got attacked once or twice by the plovers:

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10. But you also realised that the ducks were fierce warriors protecting their territory as well:

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11. Looking back at your first trip to Wollies, you didn’t know that you could bring with you a trolley instead of carrying the bags for 2 km:

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13. You also ended up buying coke at campus because you left your water bottle at home:

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14.  Not to mention, this was most likely your first picture on social media from Australia:

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Photo: Bindi Irwin 

15. But your goal was to get a photo like this:

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16. You also learned that sandwich bread instead of buns is the only way to do it:

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17. And you could not afford anything else than boxed wine for Thursday Uni Nights:

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18. You learned to love Tim Tams, but no matter how much you tried, you couldn’t force yourself to love Vegemite quite as much:

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19. You went to Kmart at Sunshine Plaza expecting to spend 20$, but walked out like this:

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20. But all in all, you know that studying abroad in Australia basically ruined your life because nothing else will ever compare: </3

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* This concepts was based around BuzzFeed Blog by Lara Parker Posted on July 9, 2014. 

Thomas Loft from Denmark: 6 good reasons «not» to study at USC 😅

Thomas Loft from Denmark is studying a Bachelor of International Business at USC Sunshine Coast and wants to give you;

6 good reasons «not» to study at USC 🙉

1.    You get new best friends who you may never see again

IMG_5282During your time at USC you will meet so many incredible new people and without a doubt make friends for life. Whether you meet them on campus, at your accommodation, on a night out in Ocean Street or on one of your many trips these people will, become your best friends and soon you will start hanging out with these people every day. Sadly though, a time will come when you will have to say goodbye to these people, and you won’t be able to see them every day.

 

2.    Your home country will seem incredibly boring when you go back

IMG_2355There’s nothing duller than going back to a rainy, grey and cold day to day life, where you spent as little time as possible outside, when you have just come from the paradise world, such as the Sunshine Coast. All of a sudden there is no more fantastic beaches, no more incredible wildlife and no more perfect weather.

 

3.    Family and friends may hate you a little

IMG_3075Jealousy is an awful thing, but your friends and family will most likely start hating you more and more for every incredible photo you post on Instagram. At first, they may seem happy for you, but before you know it, they won’t even like your photos anymore. 🤷🏽‍♂️

 

4.    The time at USC may be the best time of your life, so it is all downhill from there

IMG_1194Going to a new country to stay for 6 or more months may be very intimidating at first, but once you settle in and start exploring Australia, the good memories and experiences will soon make you forget, that there once was somewhere else, which you called home. You may go explore the Glasshouse Mountains, visit Noosa National Park, learn to surf, go for a weekend trip to beautiful Brisbane or Melbourne or even go skydiving. The endless possibilities and the overflow of new experiences may be the peak of your life’s adventures, so sadly it’s all downhill from there. 😅

 

5.    You spend way too much time planning trips

IMG_0973All the time you would have spent back home, just going through your phone or watching random tv-shows are all of a sudden gone and you now spend that time planning awesome trips with awesome people. This is precious time that you will never get back, and you will definitely miss out on watching that 4th season of “Ice Road Truckers” and miss a bunch of not-so-funny memes. (It might be worth it though) 🌞

 

6.    You will definitely get a post USC depression

Post-travel depression is the worst. It just hurts in your soul, that your travels are over. Upon returning home from USC (if you don’t decide to stay in Australia), everything is suddenly back to normal and all you have left is some amazing pictures and some memories. You will miss everything and everyone from your time at USC. Your flirt, your best friends, the smells, the food, the area and the feeling of freedom won’t be there anymore, and you might cry a little that it is all over.

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Oliver Siewertsen from Kilroy Denmark studying at USC Sunshine Coast

Hey everyone, my name is Oliver and I’m 20 years old. I’m currently a Study Abroad student from Kilroy because I’m having a gap-year in Denmark and wanted to do something different than just travelling around.

I had many different universities in Australia in mind but decided to choose USC because of the program, the location and their effort to make international students feel welcome.

Studying at USC was way above my expectations and definitely the best time of my life, even the weeks with a lot of uni-work. It’s just amazing to have the opportunity to sit in the sun and watch kangaroos jumping around when doing assessments or homework.

USC is a modern university with new facilities and the newest technology, which is a thing I really appreciate. USC also offers various kinds of sports and clubs, both competitive and social sports, which is fun to try – and also a great opportunity to meet other students and build up friendships.

Top 5 must do while studying at USC

Noosa Heads:

pjimageNoosa Heads located 30-45 minutes north of USC. This area is amazing and gives a bit of the “Miami Beach vibe”, you have a lot of small cozy cafés and restaurants, shopping opportunities and one of the best beaches on the Sunshine Coast.

One out of two Everglades in the world is also located in Noosa and the national park with various hiking trails. You can get to Noosa by car or by bus. It cost approximately 5$ from USC to Noosa.

Surfing at Alexandra Headlands:

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One of the must do when studying or visiting Australia is surfing! Surfing is a huge thing in Australia, and you will be able to see surfers at every beach. I recommend surfing at the Alexandra Headlands beach because it’s close to USC and board hire is approximately 30$ for 3 hours.

PS: Surfing is way harder than it looks like – so don’t give up after a few tries!

Wings Wednesday at Taps:

Every Wednesday, the restaurant “Taps” at Mooloolaba is offering 10 chicken wings with a burst of flavors for 5$. This is a place with a great atmosphere, a lot of people especially uni-students and a great place to catch up in the midweek. Besides for the cheap and delicious chicken, beer-taps are located at each table so you can pour your own beer!

Australia Zoo:

pjimage (2)25 minutes south from USC is the world-famous Steve Irwin zoo located, also called Australia Zoo. This is an absolute must do and a great experience. Daily buses to Australia Zoo are available and it’s easy to get there. Steve Irwin’s vision has always been to make Australia Zoo the biggest and best wildlife conservation facility in the entire world. It is also at the Australia Zoo you get a chance to pet and feed kangaroos, carry a koala, pet a wombat and many other animals.

Fraser Island:

Fraser islandFraser Island is 2 hours driving north from USC, and it is the world largest sand island. It was inscribed as a “World Heritage Site” in 1992 and is especially known for the Lake McKenzie, the wildlife and the champagne pools. Fraser Island has rain forests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths.

Also, throughout the semester, there’s a study-break midway the semester and a few public holidays, where it is possible to arrange trips to destinations all around Australia. Students are often going to places like Sydney, Melbourne, The Whitsundays, Uluru, and some are even going to New Zealand or Bali. The opportunities are endless.

Advice to future students:

Intro pictureFor myself, going to a new country by myself to study, was definitely a cross-border experience and it can be thrilling. But it turns out to be the best experience ever, and I wish everyone who has the possibility to go study abroad, should do so.

Learning about a new culture and be a part of it, get to know people from all around the world, boost your CV/resume, improve English skills, and get the chance to do trips all around Australia while studying. All this ensure the best time of your life and my advice would definitely be; to get this experience and do this cross-border experience. If you make sure to write your assessments in time, there’s plenty of time to explore and travel when studying.

I’m so grateful for my time here, for all the people I have met, the friends I’ve got for the rest of my life and the experiences when exploring this amazing continent.

Cheers, Oliver