Well it is my last night here in Australia. I can’t believe this time has come and still cannot believe it fully. What an incredible five months it has been. I have had the most amazing experience with traveling, meeting great new people, academic experiences, and just having the time of my life. I will cherish all the memories I have. The good and bad memories and will always remember these five months. I can honestly say I did not think of participating in any study abroad program when I started college, but it has been the best decision I have ever made to date in my life. I would like to thank my family, friends, study abroad advisors, and St. Norbert College for supporting in me in my study abroad experience. I would have never been able to do this without all you. The university here offered me a great education and I was also able to participate in a global leadership program that challenged me and I am so glad I did it. I got to meet some great people and learn many great qualities that I will be able to take away with me for the rest of my life.
I have inherited a new cultural identity and will keep that with me for the rest of my life. This study abroad adventure has given me a newly found appreciation for my home country and home. I appreciate more of what I have and realize how lucky I am to have all my friends, family, and opportunity to attend a great college. This was the best decision I ever made and will always look back on theses great five months.
Thomas Grams is studying abroad at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.