27 October 2015
Megan William, Exchange to University of Waterloo, Canada
“I truly am blessed to have seen as much as I've seen on this trip. Indeed, some might not see this much in a lifetime. And it's all thanks to the opportunity to take a semester abroad.”
RMIT Program: Environmental Science/Social Science
Global Program: Exchange
Destination: Waterloo, Canada
"Going on exchange will be one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I studied at The University of Waterloo, Canada, which is approximately 1.5 hours drive from Toronto. I used Waterloo as a base to get out and see the country around me. I visited Niagara Falls, New York City, and camped by the Great Lakes. I was able to see many of great Canada's cities including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City, all fantastic places to visit.
I also traveled both before and after my study, and the opportunity to do so was far and wide my favourite part of going on exchange. Before arriving in Canada I stopped off for a quick 6 weeks in Peru, and I'm so happy I did. I left my footprints all over the Andes, visited Machu Picchu, and volunteered in the Amazon. Choosing which of these experiences was my favourite is an extremely tough decision. It was one of the most beautiful 6 weeks of my life.
After I finished exams I decided to acquaint myself with as much of Canada as my time could afford. I bought a rail pass and couch surfed across the second largest country in the world. Finally I finished in Banff, where I spent a month in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Every morning I woke up to stunning views, and if I was lucky fresh powder! I fine tuned my snowboarding skills, and made lots of friends, in this quaint little town.
I truly am blessed to have seen as much as I've seen on this trip. Indeed, some might not see this much in a lifetime. And it's all thanks to the opportunity to take a semester abroad. I have so many memories, and made so many friends. I highly recommend a semester abroad to anyone who is even wondering if it might be something for them."
Image by exchange student Megan William