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Exchange gives WAAPA student new perspective

Monday, 19 November 2012


  • The beautiful University of North Carolina at Greensboro campus

    The beautiful University of North Carolina at Greensboro campus

WAAPA dance student Daisy Sanders has come full circle with her studies.

After learning that her dance teacher and WAAPA graduate, Alice Holland, had gone on exchange to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), Daisy was inspired.

She had always wanted to go to the United States, and ECU’s exchange program would give her the opportunity to learn from Alice’s mentor, BJ (Elizabeth) Sullivan.

She decided to take the plunge and fulfil her dream.

“The teachers in the dance program at UNCG taught someone who now teaches me,” Daisy said.

“Going to UNCG was a very specific choice based on the people who have inspired me.”

Daisy said she noticed many differences between the US and Australian academic systems.

“At UNCG there is more of a focus on academia and scholarly pursuits,” she said.

“The amount of written work and reading is very high, but there is an incredibly extensive dance and performing arts library, which is exciting because at WAAPA the focus is more on the high physical standard.”

She loves the wide range of units for students and has found all her professors to be energetic teachers.

“There are also so many university clubs, it is absolutely incredible. There is always something happening.”

The university itself, first established in 1891, is located on the east coast of America in the city of Greensboro, North Carolina.

While it may seem like a small town compared to Perth, Daisy said the university “is really the hub of the place.”  

“You have everything you need right at your fingertips,” she said. “There are sporting grounds, pool, gym, 24-hour library, food outlets and a cafeteria.”

Truly immersing herself in the local culture, Daisy said she now feels more resilient to the challenges of being away from her comfort zone in order to pursue her goals.

In the future she plans on working as a performing artist in Australia and around the world.

“This exchange experience has shown me that you can do what you love anywhere in the world if you remain open to the possibility,” she said.

“I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to benefit from both institutions and the different things they offer.”

For more information about study overseas opportunities in 2013, visit the Study Overseas website or contact student.exchange@ecu.edu.au to make an appointment.

The application deadline to go on exchange in Semester 2, 2013 closes on Wednesday, 28 February.

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