Alumni Spotlight: Erin Puko

Erin enjoying her experience with Globalinks!

Why did you decide to study abroad with Globalinks at Griffith University?

Erin: I decided to study abroad with Globalinks at Griffith University because my older sister had done a semester there, but with a different provider. I chose to use Globalinks instead because of its prevalence at my home university and its amazing orientation program.

What made your study abroad experience unique and special?

Erin: What made my study abroad experience unique and special was the fantastic group of people that surrounded me. We were a mixture of Americans and Australians who essentially ended up doing everything together. We ate dinner together, studied together, went shopping together, traveled together and overall experienced new things together. As cliché as it may sound, they became my family.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Erin: This experience has impacted my future immensely. It has allowed me to gain such a sense of independence, whereas before I went, I may have relied on others to figure out a problem, but now I see myself taking control of the situation when needed. Study abroad has also given me the travel bug. Ever since I’ve been home, I’ve been wanting to go to more to places a see more new things. In the future I foresee myself taking every available opportunity to go new places, see new things and experience new cultures. I couldn't have asked for a better study abroad experience.