Believe it or not, one of the most frequent concerns OzTREKK students encounter is homesickness. In theory, you feel prepared for your journey to Australia, and you’re excited to begin this new stage in your life, so it may come as a surprise to you to find you are missing family members and the comforts of home more than you expected.
Choosing to study in Australia is a massive, life-changing decision, one that you shouldn’t take lightly. On a personal level, studying outside of Canada will no doubt expand your personal and professional horizons. You’ll meet new people and develop your independence. You’ll also end up with a career you’ve been dreaming about!
Alright, the major aspects a lot of people have asked me about when I moved over to the “literal” other side of the world is what about homesickness? How can you move somewhere with no friends, no family, and not have the ability to just take an hour’s drive home and see everyone?
When you think about going home for the “middle of the year” break, you think about all the amazing Canadian things you get to do/eat. It feels amazing to be done half a year of school and to head home to see family and friends. But here’s the part that I didn’t spend any time thinking about: coming back.