STANLEY CHIANG – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Where did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia in my sophomore spring semester (Spring 2018)


IF NOTHING ELSE, DON’T FORGET TO PACK…
Your swimwear! You’re living right next to so many beaches, so be prepared to go out and get a nice tan or go for a swim.    


ON SECOND THOUGHT, LEAVE AT HOME…
Your big winter clothes. Sydney’s lowest will only hit a low of 50 to 60ish degrees, so it won’t be anything like the winter in Champaign. No snow, no problem!

WHERE TO LIVE?
I would recommend living with one of the dormitories they have on campus or somewhere near Coogee Beach. Coogee is only 15 minutes away by bus, and its a very nice beach to relax, plus there’s a lot of food and shopping nearby.

BEST PLACE TO EAT?
I didn’t eat out much because my dormitory included food, but I would highly recommend checking out Nando’s Chicken and Messina for gelato.

FAVORITE CULTURAL ACTIVITY?
I love surfing. I learned how to surf when I was in Australia and I literally loved it. Would highly recommend since you’re so close to surfing beaches.

BEST CULTURAL HIDEOUT?
Again, I would recommend Coogee Beach or anywhere on the “Bondi to Coogee Walk”

FAVORITE PLACE TO STUDY?
My favorite place to study was the Law Library because it was near where I lived and they had decent tables to study on.

MUST-TRY LOCAL DISH?
Australian food is pretty similar to American food, but I would recommend trying out kangaroo if you have a chance just because why not. They also have a lot of “sausage parties” where they eat sausages with toast.

BEST PHOTO OP?
Best place to take a photo would be Coogee Beach in the morning during sunrise. I got one of the best pictures ever there. You can also go over to the Sydney Opera House and take very nice pictures there along with the Harbour Bridge.

BIGGEST FAIL?
Many people don’t realize how crazy the sun is in Australia. Make sure you apply sunscreen before you go to the beach and also learn about riptides before you go into the water.

BEST PURCHASE?
My best purchase was a little tourist shirt for myself. I wear it all the time and I will never forget it.

MOST INTERESTING CLASS?
My most interesting class was MSCI 0501 which was Marine Science. It was taught by around 5 different professors and they talked about a lot of different things regarding the ocean. It’s like 99% exchange students and it’s a whole ton of fun. Plus there’s a field trip to a beach.

BEST PART OF THE PROGRAM?
My best part of the program was meeting people and traveling everywhere. This included within Sydney and to different cities and different countries (Indonesia and New Zealand).

MOST MEMORABLE TRIP?
My most memorable trip was to New Zealand. I signed up for a week-long adventure trip with some of the friends I met there and it was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. New Zealand is absolutely beautiful and perfect for any adventure junkie out there.

 BEST LOCAL EVENT/HOLIDAY?
Anzac Day is really nice because we get school off. Use that time wisely to travel!

FAVORITE LOCAL WORD/SLANG?
My favorite local slang is g’day mate. It’s basic but it’s funny.

IF I COULD DO IT OVER AGAIN…
I would explore the city of Sydney more. Spend time planning the places you want to go but also have enough freedom to do spontaneous things.

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