Another end

It really does seem like I just arrived to Australia, excited to explore the country and meet some new people. It also seems like I was just in London. Also that I just started university. It’s amazing how quick it has went. Coming to back home doesn’t just put an end to my semester in Australia, but also to my life as a student. I really can’t be happier with both of these.

My semester in Australia was all that I thought it could be. I have met a lot of new friends, had the opportunity to travel around often, and was able to pass my classes with minimal time and effort (grades still pending). Living in an international dorm allowed me to meet both internationals and Australians, and it couldn’t work any better. The social events and just the overall atmosphere in the dorm makes it easy to meet so many people. I had the opportunity to learn and live in a new culture and can now see the US with a more global perspective. Besides Canada, I think Australia has the most American-like culture in the world. You will hear about the US every day in the news, through tv shows, movies, and just people talking about it. And really, people have a good image of the US. A lot of the Australians that I have met are either studying abroad or planning to make trips to the US in the coming years.

Traveling was also a priority of mine. I managed to see almost everything I wanted to see, which is a rare opportunity I am happy to have had. Australia has to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and seeing it has been a privilege. I hope to be able to come back and see what I haven’t seen before, but I have many other places in the world to see first.

I skipped twice as many classes this semester than I did in 3 ½ years at Iowa. And that’s not an exaggeration.  Having the chance to come here, academics wasn’t my main priority. I have managed to pass all my courses and finish my degree while having the time of my life.

Of course, after 4 ½ months, I have missed a lot of things at home. I have really missed my family. It’s always hard to talk when the time difference is so large, and being able to see them will be great again. Also, to name a few, baseball season, Hunot, Wendy’s, American TV, and having a car.

As my college career is ending, I must say that I can’t be happier with my college experience. The experiences I have had really shape who I am today. Fulfilling my dream of going to Iowa, working on a sports team, enjoying my business classes, meeting a lot of people from both the US and other countries, internships, going to London, going to Australia, and receiving a job offer from a company and job that couldn’t suit me any better. I have no regrets about my 4 years at Iowa, and I couldn’t be more satisfied with my experience. Thank you to everyone who has supported me through all this, including Mom and Dad, my brothers and brothers’ wives/fiancés, grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins, Maya (f you’re reading this), and friends. It wouldn’t be the same without all of you. So thank you for that.

Thanks for reading along. Hopefully you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing. Until next time.

Now it’s time to go to work.

About Trent

I started Frugal Purpose to share my love of personal finance to assist your pursuit of a more fulfilling life. I am a financial analyst by trade, traveler at heart, and want to share with you the beauty of this world.


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