Sydney: An international student’s perspective – Part 3
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Sydney: An international student’s perspective – Part 3

By international student Liz Wesson

I gave myself two weeks after quitting my job to pack my life away into two suitcases.  It was definitely a stressful experience! I couldn’t believe how much I had accumulated over the years. Furniture, books, clothes, shoes, and more! I gave away everything I could and stored a few boxes at my mums’.

I realized how attached I had become to my possessions.  But really, what was I attached to? It was just stuff!  The feeling finally dissipated, and it felt cleansing to start over.  I was excited to be traveling with all I owned in a couple of suitcases.

The most heart-breaking thing I had to leave behind were my pets.  I left my beloved 12-year-old cat, Kitty, with my best friend, and my quirky guinea pig, Dexter, with my mum.

Before I knew it I was on a long plane ride from Florida to Sydney …23 hours and two layovers.

About Liz

Hi everyone,  I’ve been asked by the university to write a series of blogs about my personal international student experiences.

I’m hoping I can alleviate some of the anxieties that may be hindering you from studying abroad and possibly inspire you to experience it for yourself.  Studying at Sydney has been the most important experience of my life, and has changed me in so many ways.

I’ll give you a brief history of my past before arriving in Sydney.   After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida I worked with a non-profit organization in bat research and education, and worked with multiple wildlife sanctuaries for ten years.

When I began working for a government-consulting firm as an environmental scientist, I found the work extremely challenging!  I loved the fieldwork but, to my surprise, the office work was extremely technical.  Most of my days I spent analyzing data, writing reports, and creating GIS maps.  In some ways I realized I was technically challenged!  Maybe it was that I just didn’t enjoy it?  I didn’t feel the job was right for me.  I loved the people I worked with but something was missing.

Once I realized my job as an environmental scientist wasn’t for me, I decided to change careers and apply for veterinary school.  I felt like my life was ready for change…