How to Make Friends Abroad When Life’s Online PART ONE

An interesting situation occurred while I was studying abroad. While the COVID-19 pandemic is the obvious winner as the craziest thing to happen during this time, the other was a simple one that affected a great deal of people: being separated from friends.  When I first came to Sydney, I was part of an affiliate…

Australia: Introducing Me, Semester 3!

Hi, I’m Robynn and I will be writing as a FinsUp Abroad Correspondent blogger again this semester. For the second time, I have decided to extend my studies abroad as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic conditions in the United States, as well as other factors. I wanted to reintroduce myself with my application prompt…

Australia: Au Pair Life: My Experience as a Live-In Nanny Abroad PART THREE

Part One: https://finsupabroad.com/2020/12/21/australia-au-pair-life-my-experience-as-a-live-in-nanny-abroad-part-one/ Part Two: https://finsupabroad.com/2020/12/21/australia-au-pair-life-my-experience-as-a-live-in-nanny-abroad-part-two/ In my last two posts, I detailed why I chose to become an au pair, and some of the demands of the job. In this final bit, I’ll lay out my advice for anyone considering work as an au pair/live-in nanny. The offerings for au pair arrangements vary greatly and…

Living in Independent Housing Abroad

As I was preparing my budget sheets for my new independent study abroad program, I realized that, broken down in my study abroad program’s costs were housing costs that were ridiculously expensive, even for the very posh area I was living in. It was student accommodation with almost 100% international students who didn’t know any…

Studying Abroad: Interrupted- My Experience Studying Abroad with COVID-19 PART Three- Choosing to Stay

Link to Part One: https://finsupabroad.com/2020/12/10/studying-abroad-interrupted-my-experience-studying-abroad-with-covid-19-part-one/#8230 Link to Part Two: https://finsupabroad.com/2020/12/10/studying-abroad-interrupted-my-experience-studying-abroad-with-covid-19-part-two-lockdown/ After lockdown, Sydney was different. The world in its entirety was different, I suppose. But I had hope once again. So much was still difficult, but Sydney felt even more like home than my actual home. I guess after loving a place and the people…

Studying Abroad: Interrupted- My Experience Studying Abroad with COVID-19 PART TWO- Lockdown

Link to Part One: https://finsupabroad.com/2020/12/10/studying-abroad-interrupted-my-experience-studying-abroad-with-covid-19-part-one/ Lockdown was hard. Mentally. Physically. Even academically. My studies did not motivate me as they once had, with everything being shifted online. Some days, there was no motivation to get out of bed, shower, and get dressed when I knew there was nowhere to go, no one to see, nothing…