Alumni Spotlight: Mary Lewis

Why did you decide to study abroad with TEAN in Perth?

Mary: I decided to go abroad with TEAN because they specifically catered to Australia. I also knew of a girl that had went to New Zealand with TEAN and absolutely loved it. She talked about how helpful they were, which was something I was looking for because I didn't have any experience traveling.

Mary introduces herself to a wallaby!

What do you think made this experience unique and special?

Mary: I believe what made my study abroad experience in Perth unique was that I was on the west coast of Australia opposed to the east. I believe I experienced the true Australia because it isn't as touristy. It also was the perfect location to travel. Over spring break I took a road trip into the outback and it was exactly what is thought of as the stereotypical Australia.

Mary exploring Australia's outback

How did this experience impact your academic development?

Mary: This experience definitely impacted my future. I feel I have a greater understanding of people in any organization or setting. Seeing first hand and understanding that people act the way they do because of their background and environment is such a great skill that I will definitely use for the rest of my life. I also think I'm more outgoing and open to new ideas in school, personally, and professionally.