I love adventures. While studying at the Australian National University, I got to visit New Zealand, where I took a 3500 KM road trip from Christchurch to Auckland and witnessed, among other things, the consequences of global warming at Franz Josef Glacier; Thailand, where I visited an elephant sanctuary in Phuket and learned about Buddhism in Chiang Mai; Indonesia, where I climbed three active volcanoes, encountered a komodo dragon, swam with manta rays and even met a friend from home (definitely one of the best feelings when traveling abroad); Fiji, where I took a cruise to Castaway Island and jumped out of a plane on what would’ve been my dad’s 55th birthday; and Australia, where I was enchanted by Sydney – one of my favourite cities in the world. Although I had to finish my courses from home, I’m happy that I enrolled in Beginner’s Arabic and learned how to read, write, and speak another language. A student exchange is the experience of a lifetime. If you’re looking for a reason to embark on an adventure of this magnitude, then here it is: good things happen when you say yes to life – so shoot your shot!
George Monastiriakos - Australian National University Winter 2020