Alumni Spotlight: Camaron Cabrera

Why did you study abroad with GlobaLinks at the University of Newcastle?

Camaron: I decided to study abroad with AustraLeran because they were really helpful when I started the picking process. I likes the program they offered which included the adventure week to start. I picked the University of Newcastle because I wanted to be close to a big city, Sydney but I didn't want to live in the big city. I have grown up 45 minutes away from Los Angles my whole life and wanted to really try something different, so Newcastle allowed me to do that and still be able to see and go to Sydney.

Camaron and some friends in Sydney, Australia!

What made your study abroad experience unique and special?

Camaron: This study abroad experience was unique and special to me because I was the first person in my family to really leave and live in another country. This is shocking because I am second youngest out of 7. This was a big deal and it allowed me to experience other parts of the world and encounter many different cultures while I was abroad.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Camaron: This experience impacted my future in many ways. Personally it allowed me to really grow and learn about myself in a way that never could have happened while being in my home town. I got the opportunity to live on my own and learn what I can do without people there to help me. Professionally this helped me learn how to interact with new people and environments. This is a big thing for me because I was not used to this kind of situation and actually would avoid it all cost in my everyday life.

Camaron and a friend at the Ice Bar in Sydney

While abroad I didn't know anyone and had to break that barrier. This is not always an easy lesson and I believe that if I had not gone abroad I never would have been comfortable with that type of situation. And last with my future this experience has allowed me to make some awesome friendships that I know aren't going any where, plus now I have a good reason to go back to Australia to see people.