As the Summer 2019 SFS students began to settle into their new homes around the world, we asked them to share their impressions of the experience so far. Damon Jenkins had this to say about SFS Australia:

Why did you choose to study abroad with SFS?
I joined SFS because I have always wanted to study in Australia since my freshman year of college. When I found out this program provided the opportunity to go to both Australia and New Zealand I saw that as a huge plus. I also thought this would be a great opportunity to get good field experience.

What are your first impressions of the country?
My first impression of Australia was that it is very hot, especially since it is the winter season currently. I enjoy how friendly everyone was too!

What are your first impressions of the Center?
First impressions of the Center is that it reminded me of a camp setting. The Center is not too overwhelming and gives off a wholesome vibe.


What do you think the biggest challenge will be for you this semester, both academically and culturally?
The biggest challenge will be balancing note-taking with taking in the scenery and absorbing everything I see. I think the different species and landscapes might be a little distracting. Culturally, I think understanding languages and different terms having different meanings between Australia and New Zealand will also be challenging.

What are you looking forward to the most about the program?
I am really looking forward to experiencing the diverse landscapes and comparing Australia and New Zealand. I am also excited to see the different species of animals, particularly the avian species.

Give three words that best describe how you are feeling right now.
Ecstatic, Adventurous, Challenged

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