For the spring semester of 2007, I chose to study abroad in Australia at Griffith University. In conjunction with Washington State University, I studied from February to June 2007 through AustraLearn.
My choice was Griffith University in Brisbane. I first enrolled at the Gold Coast campus but because of the class variety (mainly music and business), I opted for the Nathan/Mt. Gravatt campus (law and criminal justice). Because of my change so short notice, I ended up living out of a hostel for a bit while school was in session.
I learned a lot from this trip as this was my first time living outside the U.S. and on my own (had lived in Germany as a kid). I underestimated how much money I actually have needed and ended up taking up a job. I worked for a catering company called Nutrifresh in which we provide pre-cooked meals to the Meals on Wheels program and hospitals around Queensland. The work was legit, staff friendly, and pay good.
Overall the trip was a huge success. I had lost 30 pounds, made new friends, and have now chosen to return for my master's degree.