Semester exchange: Northeastern University in Boston, USA
Swinburne course: Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing and Public Relations)
Yazmine riding through a park in Boston, USA
I couldn’t have asked for a better study experience at Northeastern- I was able to take mostly elective classes, like a photography course that encouraged me to explore the city, and also joined the campus radio station and a couple of magazines. Not only did I gain valuable skills and experiences through these classes and activities, but I also made friends with American students.
I lived on-campus in an apartment block, a short ride on the T, Boston’s train system from the Northeastern campus. It was filled with other exchange students and I was lucky to make some amazing friends really quickly. I have so many memories of having weekly Nacho Nights together and studying while doing laundry in the basement!
Many of the friends I made were undertaking impressive projects and internships so I definitely learnt the importance of adding extracurricular activities to my resume before graduating. After completing my exchange semester in the US, I spent the summer in Ireland where I managed to secure an internship at a magazine that has definitely helped me in my career so far.
Without having spent a semester studying in Boston, I never would have sought out this opportunity. My semester studying abroad in Boston is easily the best decision I’ve ever made.