After only seeing beautiful pictures of Australia, I decided that I needed to go. I quickly fell into a routine and found a sense of home with the assistance of NYU staff and their programs. As the fall is a smaller program, I found people more excited and open to meeting new people, causing friendships to blossom early. Additionally, the walk to classes was on the longer side, but this guaranteed quality time with friends as we hiked uphill. With new friends and a new place, I found myself excited to travel and explore the spaces around me. Whether I was working with friends on homework assignments or planning the next trip, I was always happy to be social. I found myself, in general, to be happier and healthier in Sydney. Although Sydney can be expensive, I found ways to budget without missing out on experiences. The access to affordable, fresh produce at Paddy's Market was a highlight for me! Going forward from this experience, I feel confident in my ability to plan and work with people. Before Sydney, I had never pushed myself to budget so intensely or plan trips so specifically, but these are skills that are now invaluable to me. My time in Sydney made me grow as a person and I can't wait to see how this influences my life back in the United States.