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Melanie Bracht

University of South Carolina
Sydney Direct Enrollment - University Of Sydney

My name is Melanie Bracht and I am a junior at the University of South Carolina. I am originally from Pennsylvania, but have lived in several states in the US and abroad in China. I love to travel and have been to 29 different countries. I, however, have never been to Australia and am so excited to explore down under for a semester at the University of Sydney. I enjoy volunteering, writing, and playing tennis.

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June 24, 2014

The farewell dinner commemorated our semester in Sydney coming to an end. The four months have flown by and, for most, school is done and only packing and a few last days in Sydney remain. I have a couple finals left, but my bags are packed and the last day is quickly approaching.

June 24, 2014

The State of the Origin is an annual series of 3 rugby league football matches between the states of New South Wales and Queensland. Whichever team wins 2 of the 3 games wins the series.  Queensland, the Maroons, has won the past 8 years, until now.

June 2, 2014

On Saturday I went on IES Abroad’s last day trip to the Royal National Park. The park proclaimed in 1879 is the world’s second oldest national park, after Yellowstone in the US.

June 2, 2014

What an electricity bill! It’s vivid! Vivid is Sydney’s festival of lights, celebrating the cities beautiful art and architecture, music, and ideas. Many parts of the city are featured including, of course, the Opera House and Darling Harbour Bridge.

May 29, 2014

These past weeks have rushed by as I’ve been hard at work attempting to remain afloat with all this school work weighing me down. No worries though, I’m still finding time to enjoy everything Sydney has to offer.

May 29, 2014

Watching a show in the Opera House is a must while in Sydney and because my last show was technically under the Opera House in a theater, this time I made sure to get into the main concert hall. It was so beautiful! I listened to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform Strictly Luhrmann.

May 1, 2014

Happy ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corp) Day!

April 22, 2014

Taking advantage of this spring break, a few friends and I went to tour the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves today. Starting off at 6 am, we thankfully made it to the random bus terminal in time.

April 22, 2014

It’s spring break! Finally some time to deviate from the routine schedule of school and homework!  The teachers have been working us hard and this break couldn’t have come soon enough.

April 14, 2014

IES Abroad has an excursion every month and on March 29th we had our surfing trip at Manly Beach. Surfing is part of Australian culture. Many people like to leave work early at 4 or 5 and catch some waves before going home and making dinner.

April 4, 2014

Another week has passed. The days seems to be flying by and it is crazy to think that I’ve been in Sydney for over a month now. Classes are getting interesting and I’m actually enjoying them.

April 4, 2014

What a busy week!
School is officially on full power as tutorials and the hours of reading started this week. Tutorials are much better than lectures because we are in much smaller groups and we get to talk to people in class.

March 19, 2014

This past week and a half has been such a blur and it definitely feels like I have been in Sydney much longer. On Saturday morning, the day after I arrived, I lugged my stuff to the Sydney University Village and moved into my housing.

February 24, 2014

My ankles are sore and I have blisters on my feet; sun kissed cheeks and a camera full of new pictures. It has been a long day with lots of waiting and stress, but also a wonderful day during which I finally arrived in Sydney and had time to explore.

February 11, 2014

I’ve been zip lining in Alaska, explored one of the oldest prisons on the sinking island of Venice, rode on elephants in Bali, and walked up a waterfall in Jamaica. Once you get the travel bug, one’s desire for exploration and curiosity for different cultures is impossible to cease.