Studying Down Under

Kiersten Hafer Start Date: Jul 1, 2016 - End Date: Jun 30, 2017
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Study/Degree Abroad
  • Australia

My Travel Story

by: Kiersten Hafer Start Date: Jul 1, 2016 - End Date: Jun 30, 2017
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Study/Degree Abroad
This trip is meant to broaden my understanding of diverse cultures and accelerate my studies in Criminal Justice. I hope to be able to learn more about the history of correctional systems because Australia is where they originated. I think being able to experiencing it firsthand will shed a new light on how much the system has adapted over the years, more specifically, as it came to the United States.  

I am passionate about this because it will allow me to have understanding that other students may not have. I strive to be highly knowledgeable, but in a humble manner. I want to be able to learn the history of corrections from something other than a book or a lecture. 

Another important part of my decision to study abroad in Australia comes from my life-long curiosity to see what people meant by the saying "down under." I grew up eating in restaurants such as the Outback Steakhouse, for example, where I became interested in kangaroos, the sunsets in the paintings on the walls and other things. Not to mention, as I grew up I had to do "ice breakers" in classes to learn people's names; if I had to name an animal that starts with the same letter my name starts with, I always chose a kangaroo. With that being said, I have always had an interest in Australia. 

Everyone tells me not to go to Australia because of the snakes, the spiders, the sharks, etc. . . These are the same people who have not done their research. I have researched all of these potential dangers, as well as many others, and there are preventive measures for all of them. I will travel with caution but I choose not to let those fears stop me from getting a culturally diverse education.

Finally, I hope to get support from some of you to help fund me on this journey. I plan to be there for one full college semester (roughly 4 months), in which I hope to completely immerse myself into the culture and come back more open-minded then when I leave the United States. I would love to share my trip with anyone interested and share what I learn too. Thank you.
  • Australia