Early Childhood Studies Abroad in Australia

Hattie Bohling Start Date: May 7, 2018 - End Date: Sep 6, 2018
  • Sydney NSW, Australia

My Travel Story

by: Hattie Bohling Start Date: May 7, 2018 - End Date: Sep 6, 2018
Hello, friends! Thank you for visiting my study abroad fundraising page. I am so excited to share my heart with you and to tell you about my upcoming adventure!

I am currently finishing up my junior year at Colorado State University. I am majoring in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) with a concentration in Early Childhood Professions. With that, I have some exciting news to share: I have been accepted into Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia! I will attend Macquarie for the fall semester of my senior year, in which I will leave in July and return in December. I am eager to gain new perspecitves within my field of study; Macquarie has an oustanding Early Childhood Studies program and is among the top 2% of universities in the world. The courses that I take at Macquarie will help me earn credit towards graduation, and will also support my development as a professional in my field.

I simply cannot believe that this is actually happening- I have been dreaming of studying abroad in college since I was in high school. Originally, my heart was dead set on studying somewhere in Central America. I went on a missions trip to Guatemala in high school, and it was there that I fell in love with the culture of that area. However, after an eye-opening conversation with my dad about my study abroad experience, I decided to quiet my own desires and instead listen to what the Lord might have in store for me. It was then that everything suddenly fell into place and I realized He was calling me to Australia; I discovered Macquarie University and also realized that directly across the street from the college campus is a Hillsong Church campus. That being said, I am confident that this opportunity has been completely orchestrated by the Lord, and my heart could not be more excited.

I am eager to embark on this journey for so many reasons. I can't wait to see how I grow - professionally, individually, and spiritually - during my time in Australia. Culture is one of the things that I am the most passionate about, and I know this experience will further develop my cultural awareness and overall worldview. My study abroad experience will also allow me to be more competitive in the job market, especially with the professional connections that I expect to make at Macquarie.

I am beyond blessed to have been given this opportunity to study in Sydney, and I cannot wait to see how the Lord uses it to further cultivate the passions which He has rooted to deep within me. And while I am overjoyed to be preparing to go on this journey, I can’t do it alone. If you would consider encouraging me in this experience, whether that means praying for me or supporting me financially, I would be so grateful!
THANK YOU in advance for your support! 

If you would like more information about Macquarie University, visit: https://www.mq.edu.au
  • Sydney NSW, Australia