Outside my Comfort Zone in Sydney

Katie Lenger is a student at Truman State University interning in public relations in Sydney this fall.

I am in my last month of my internship in Sydney, Australia. I have had a great time exploring the city and learning heaps about public relations. This experience has taught me about working in the “real world," to be able to rely on myself when times are tough and, of course, that Sydney is really as awesome as everyone says!

There is never an excuse to be bored in Sydney. There is always something going on whether it is a concert, show at the Opera house, a whale watching tour or making the beautiful walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte. Living in Sydney, and being walking distance to downtown and the ocean, has been a dream come true. I am not used to being able to walk to town or having so many things going on all the time, but I have quickly adjusted and have fallen in love with the city. Not to mention Aussies are as nice as everyone says. The city is very safe. Coming from a small town, I was very impressed with how safe and comfortable I feel walking alone, to and from work, and out and about on the weekends.

The city has so much to offer and something for everyone. If you are looking for a city that you can easily fit into and meet heaps of amazing people, Sydney is the city for you. The culture is very similar to the USA. There are lots of backpackers and travelers coming and going, which adds a cool element to the mix!

Overall, my experience and the memories are something I will carry with me forever! Other than losing my debit card and relying on my fabulous colleagues for money, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. This is a city that you can go to and learn more about yourself than you ever could without stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a chance. As the saying goes “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Taking a leap of faith and traveling to Sydney for a Global Experiences internship was by far the best idea and experience I have had and I encourage you to do the same!

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