Sairah Benz Alonzo from the Philippines (AMS BridgeBlue) studying a Master of Business Administration at USC Sunshine Coast

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Hey there – I’m Sairah Benz Alonzo. Feel free to call me Benz (yes, just like the car Mercedes-Benz). I accomplished my bachelor’s degree in University of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines. Currently, I’m taking up my master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Healthy Habits When Visiting the Sunshine Coast Beaches

I’m surprised on how accessible it is for anyone in this state to head down to the nearest coastline. Approximately by 10-20 mins, I could find myself lost in the breeze of Sunshine Coast beaches. Later on, I’ve learned new practices which I like to apply when facing the waves of the ocean. Allow me to share these with you!

Find Peace

Discovering the hush and solitude of what the beach can offer us – silence. Silence, along with the lullaby of waves, brings in peace. If you want more of this, Sunshine Coast is the place to be.

Breathe in, breathe out… Take a deep breath for 5 mins (or up to you!). In a moment, you’ll surprisingly find yourself blending with the serenity of the waves. If it helps, think of short affirmations when breathing in (I breathe in peace) and breathing out (I breathe out confidence). This way, it is purposeful + clearer calm-seeking thoughts.

Seek Aspirations

From time to time, it’s helpful to take a pause and look far at the ocean. Begin with thinking of what you’d like to achieve in life then take note of them. Once you’ve collected your aspirations, it’s pretty cool to treat the beach as your audience. Speak out loud that truth inside yourself! What you’ll face will never judge you but listen intently.

Visualise dreams  

After repeating those dreams, start visualising the “HOW” little by little. I myself, visualise how my week will go: as small as waking up early for attending USC classes -> focusing in lectures -> working out in between breaks -> doing some self-study in another field of work -> plus so on and so forth. Practice that creativity in your imagination. Which by the way, Sunshine Coast has the best background music for this.

Sweat them off

For starters, I love to walk along the shoreline of the beach. While walking, I was able to observe how certain locals incorporate different sets of physical lifestyle: running, yoga, sports, and other fun activeness! And I reckon, anyone can do this! As Tony Robbins claim “motion creates emotion”. Truly, I’m pretty much inspired by the locals here.

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Read Read Read

When in Sunshine Coast, it is always ‘beach reading season’. Pack one book in your bag. Find a great spot and enjoy your time alone reading. Reading by the beach allows us to relax at the same time explore in between pages.

Write them down

The sea won’t be throwing shade on whatever thoughts you’ll be writing down. What’s important is, we lead our actions through mindfulness. Take your notebook/journal out and begin writing down your stories. You’ll be amazed on how long-term pens and papers can affect your life.

P.S. This article is inspired by the Miracle Mornings of Hal Elrod. I highly recommend this book for everyone to read.

–  Sairah Benz Alonzo @sairahalonzo

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Jessica Matt from Augsburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany studying at USC Sunshine Coast

IMG_20190526_173452_679Hey everyone,

My name is Jessi, I am 22 years old and I am from Germany. Back home, I am studying International Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Ausgsburg. At the moment, however, I am studying here at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), in Australia. I was offered the wonderful opportunity to do a double degree and stay in Australia for a whole year. Sadly, almost one semester has passed already. But that just highlights that I am having an incredible time. I mean, ‘time flies by when you’re having fun’, right?

I came to Australia all by myself and, honestly, that was one of the greatest decisions I’ve made so far. The flight was long, actually 28 hours long. However, I was lucky as the two major things I did within these 28 hours were sleeping and eating. Could be worse, right?I arrived in Brisbane (which is a wonderful city, by the way) and from there I took the shuttle that Varsity arranged for me. Everything was really easy. But I think that’s just the Australian lifestyle: Australians take it easy. Nevertheless, I was happy when I finally arrived at my student accommodation in Varsity. This is where I am currently still living. I moved in with two lovely roomies: One German, whom I already knew, and one Australian.

thumbnail4Living in one of the student accommodations here is really an incredible experience. Most people are internationals and only stay for one semester. That’s why they want to make the most out of their experience. They say Thursday is student night, where everyone comes together to have a little party. But I can tell you, that’s not just Thursdays. If you want to, you can go out every night and I can promise you, there will always be someone to join. Making friends is just too easy here, too. Varsity offers some really great common areas, including two pools, several barbecue stations, a volleyball court, a tennis court and a gym. Another benefit of living in one of the student accommodations here: It  takes you just about five minutes to the USC campus. I have to admit, I have never seen such a beautiful campus in my entire life. Moreover, there are seven breathtaking lakes, just two minutes from Varsity. Here you are am basically surrounded by nature, not to mention the kangaroos. Nevertheless, this can be a little boring and even annoying sometimes as you need to take the bus whenever you want to see anything else, like the beach or shopping centres. thumbnailThis, however, doesn’t mean that I stayed in Sippy Downs the whole time. I met a bunch of lovely people here. Together, we went to Cairns and the Daintree National Park, which was an incredible experience! We saw Noosa, which is only about 40 minutes by car, Surfers Paradise, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Agnes Water and went on a cast-away tour. Not to mention the weekly trips to some smaller beaches close to Sippy Downs.

Now, let’s talk about uni.

You should know that the educational system here in Australia can’t be compared to the German one. In Australia, each course you take (usually it’s four per semester) will expect you to complete three assignments. These assignments are spread over the whole semester. Some include exams at the end, and some don’t. What I intent to say is that in Australia, uni is an ongoing learning journey. Almost every week there will be something you have to submit, like a report or an essay, or you will have to do a presentation, write a test, etc.

thumbnail3Sounds like a lot of work? It kind of is. But, it is definitely worth it! You will learn so much, and it definitely prepares you for your Bachelor thesis, in terms of conducting research and writing reports!



Nina Bonhoff from Aachen University of Applied Sciences in Germany studying at USC Sunshine Coast

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My name is Nina Bonhoff and I am studying International Business Studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen, Germany. In my last two semesters I decided to go abroad to complete my double degree program at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

I decided to live in one of the two student accommodations right next to campus and the lake. It gave me the opportunity to live with Australians and experience the student accommodation life, that I did not have in Germany. Besides spending time at the library and university, I had a great time hanging out with friends in our flats or at our pool. Not only kangaroos, but also birds and other pic2animals are a little bonus of studying next to Australia´s nature. The university is highly modern, and most teachers are very helpful with all questions or to meet regarding tasks. As there are way more assignments and tests during the semester compared to Germany, it was great that teachers and tutors responded fast and the university offers a free service to proofread assignments for grammatical mistakes.



Besides studying, there is lots of time to travel around the Sunshine Coast and Australia. Places I recommend going for a day or weekend because you can reach them by bus or train from the USC include:

  • Mooloolaba beach (15 min by bus)
  • Ocean Street Maroochydore (Bars, Restaurants and Clubs)
  • Noosa Heads Fairy Pools
  • Big Pineapple
  • Caloundra (great surf spot and markets)
  • Mount Coolum (a little hike)
  • Kondalilla Falls (hiking and waterfalls)
  • Australian Zoo (where you can pet kangaroos and koalas)

In my first mid-semester break I went to Sydney and Melbourne with friends I met here. My second break over Easter was a road trip to Cairns to dive at the Great Barrier Reef. There are too many places to travel to list them all, but my exchange year gave me the opportunity to visit them in between studying. I really enjoyed studying here and highly recommend that to everyone who wants to be at the beach 15 minutes after class to enjoy the sun. The USC offers not only the opportunity to study in a whole new environment and improve your English, but also meeting new people and travel Australia at the same time.