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American adventure

Tuesday, 09 October 2012


ECU student Karina Parrish loves living on-campus at the University of Northern Colorado. Her semester two exchange adventure has opened her eyes to new world of university studies.

“Mario Kart tournaments, pizza nights, movie nights, tie-dying nights, free washing and drying machines, free cable and high speed Internet,” Karina said of the benefits of studying at the University.  

“The possibilities are endless! Not only do you make friends within your dorm, your room and your suite, but your entire floor and building as well.”

Karina, a Bachelor of Arts and Communications student, has wanted to go on exchange since she was a young girl.

As Karina was born in the US, ECU’s exchange program also gave her the opportunity to reconnect with her family’s roots.

“I wanted to experience what I could have if I’d not moved to Australia,” she said.

“You can travel from state to state, and you’re in completely different worlds. And to top it off, it’s beautiful in so many places.”

Halfway into the semester studying English, she has found a huge difference in the American learning style and campus life.

“Classes are held more often but are shorter. Assessments are due every week or sometimes three times a week and all of it counts toward the final grade,” Karina said.

“The professors are fun, easy to get along with and understand for the most part the difficulties of being an exchange student even when coming from an English-speaking country.”

Karina has become involved with sport as well, having joined a competitive tennis team that travels in and out of state. She has  even joined the University quidditch team.

“UNC campus life is bustling with activities, recreational events and sporting activities. There’s always something to do and free events everywhere,” Karina said.

“As part of an Outdoor Pursuits program, I get to go skiing, horse-back riding, caving and hiking. The gym and all the recreation equipment are free.”

Students can also go rock-climbing, attend zumba and yoga classes, hire bikes on campus for free and use the indoor swimming pool and racquetball courts.

“I’m literally having the time of my life. I really wish I could stay for the entire year!”

Students interested in going on exchange in Semester 2, 2013 can find updated information about how to apply via the ECU International website.  

The next Study Overseas Information Session will be held on Wednesday, 10 October at Mount Lawley (12-12:30pm in 18.106) and Joondalup (12:30-1pm in 4.238).

There will also be an upcoming information session in November.


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