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Fisher College: Blogs from Abroad

Posted by Colby Gray on May 19, 2015 12:09:00 PM

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to go to school in a different country, or for that matter, 10 different countries all in the same semester?

Well, you’re in luck! Fisher College offers both a Study Abroad program, that traverses 16 countries across the globe, and a Semester at Sea program, which allows students to live on a cruise ship and travel to numerous countries all within one semester.

Fisher’s own Rebecca Lake, Lisa Morris and Ana Da Cunha have all just finished their respective journeys abroad and have offered to share their experiences with us.

Rebecca Lake, a junior, was in Gold Coast, Australia studying at Bond University.

Lisa Morris and Ana Da Cunha, both juniors as well, were on the Spring 2015 Semester at Sea trip. They traveled to 12 countries, including: United States, Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Burma, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia, Morocco, and England.

Both Rebecca and Lisa published their own blogs, and have graciously allowed us to share highlights and excerpts. Reading about their experiences is almost as good as experiencing it firsthand… almost.


Photo courtesy of Her Campus

The Prep:

Rebecca:  “I started my study abroad countdown 480 days ago, which could seem like it’s been forever, yet these past 480 days have gone by so fast. In exactly two weeks, I will be heading to Australia for four months to start my adventure living and studying in another country.

Finished tasks:

  • My flights are all booked
  • My visa has been granted
  • My top choices for classes were all picked

To do list:

  • Pack, pack, and repack!          
  • Print out all important documents

I will be leaving the states on January 7th, 2015 and I will be arriving in Sydney, Australia on January 9th, 2015. I will be returning to the states on April 25th, 2015.

I am beyond ready to embark on my new journey. Throughout these next four months I will be going on adventures and making so many memories while being able to take all the classes that I need.”

Lisa: “After spending about two days in San Diego, which was fabulous and warm, we all got thrown on busses to Ensenada, Mexico to board the great MV Explorer. The day was very long and tedious, but we finally made it around 3:30pm. That night at around 8pm we disembarked and watched the ship sail from the port in Ensenada which was so exciting because now this journey has officially started!”


Courtesy of Rebecca Lake

The Orientation:

Rebecca: “The program that I went through to study abroad, which is called CISabroad, planned our weekend long orientation that was in Sydney. Orientation was filled with so many fun options and I got to do things that were on my bucket list. O’week, also known as orientation week in the states, was packed with everything that you need to do in your first week; finalizing your classes, taking a campus tour, meeting new people, and even going to parties sponsored by the University.”

Lisa: “Today we had orientation all day. You can only make an 8 hour orientation so exciting so I am ready for classes to start tomorrow. I have to pinch myself that I’m actually here and this voyage is really happening. I’m so ready to start traveling.”


Courtesy of Lisa Morris

The Experience:

Rebecca: “There are so many events that the Uni (University) puts together for students to go to. There were even two parties within the O’week. On campus, we have a bar right across from the dorm that I’m living in. The first two parties were themed; the first one was a toga party and the second one was a tight and bright party. O’week had free pizza parties, movie nights on the lawn, barbecues, and a beach trip for the day.”

Lisa: “Classes have officially started and yes I do have actual class with homework, tests, papers, etc. I have had only 2 days of class so far; A day and B day with two classes in each day. Those classes will continue until we are in port. I don’t get weekends, but I get to travel the world so it’s ok with me. One thing that I don’t think I will ever get over are the sunrises on ship. They are BEAUTIFUL. I have a window in my room and around 6:30 every morning I get woken up by the sun peeking through the clouds.”


Courtesy of Lisa Morris

The Classmates:

Rebecca: “Our study abroad group is made up of 33 students from all over the United States. There are some people who came with their friends, others who are from the same colleges, but most of us came here not knowing anyone. I love that I was able to make friends with people who live a few states away from me, but I also got to make friends from the West Coast. I ended up meeting a great group of friends that I couldn’t imagine not being around.”

Lisa: “I feel like a freshman all over again not knowing anyone and having to put myself out there to meet all these new people. Everyone does seem super friendly though and we all relate to one another by being in this totally new environment.”


Courtesy of Rebecca Lake

The Trips:

Rebecca: “One of our trips that CISabroad planned for us involved visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Queensland, Australia is the only place in Australia that you can hold koalas which has always been something that I have wanted to do. We also had the opportunity to see kangaroos. My obsession for kangaroos has grown more now that I have seen one in person.”

Lisa: “One of my first adventures was hiking up the Great Wall in Beijing! And yes we literally did hike. It was incredible but tiring. You could see mountains for miles. It was such a surreal experience.”


Courtesy of Lisa Morris

The Activities:

Rebecca: “While I was in Sydney, I got to check off learning how to surf on my bucket list. I have always wanted to go surfing and I was so excited that it was a part of the orientation.”

Lisa“I was lucky enough to spend this past Valentines Day in Vietnam with my two friends Ana and Danielle pampering ourselves. We found this cute, cheap spa right in downtown Ho Chi Minh and spent most of our day there. We were able to get a massage, pedicure, manicure, and doctor fish treatment! The doctor fish was something I really have been wanting to do for a while and it was a very interesting experience. It was a fabulous Valentine’s Day.”


Courtesy of Rebecca Lake

The Food:

Rebecca: “We made our way to Sydney’s famous beach called Bondi Beach. We got to try meat pies for the first time, I thought I was going to hate it, but they were pretty good.”

Lisa: “We went to a local restaurant in China and ate a very traditional meal that was all set up and paid for. I couldn’t exactly tell you what I was eating but I do know it was very good. I must say throughout this trip I have perfected my use of chopsticks! And for all you coffee lovers out there Vietnam’s coffee was INCREDIBLE. Easily the best coffee I have ever had.”


Courtesy of Rebecca Lake

The Destinations:

Rebecca: “Some friends and I all ended up going to the Sydney Opera House to see it light up at night. If you ever get the chance to go to Sydney, you need to see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge both during the day and at night. They are both so beautiful!”

Lisa: “Kyoto was definitely my favorite city. We saw The Ginkakuji Temple and a shrine, and the local food market which was very interesting. Lots of questionable looking foods were being sold but I did try a dumpling which was delicious. We asked a local man where the best places were to visit and he sat down with us and mapped out our entire day, circling things to visit and what bus lines to take. It was amazing! I’ve never felt that kind of hospitality in my life.


Courtesy of Lisa Morris

The Culture:

Lisa: “I wish I could truly sum up my experience of Japan in words but it’s just not possible. I would love to go back one day, it was pretty easy to travel independently. Another thing that people don’t realize is that Japan is the 2nd safest country in the world. Singapore is the first safest which I’m also going to, and China is actually proven to be safer than America. So to anyone who is worried or scared to travel outside of the USA because it’s “dangerous”, don’t be!! America is definitely not the safest place in the world, so there is absolutely no reason not to go out and explore!”


Courtesy of Lisa Morris


If you are interested in reading more about their experiences, feel free to check out their blogs!


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