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Virginia Tech, United States

The first month of my exchange experience at Virginia Tech has been so much more than what I ever expected…. Hurricane Florence and all!! Right from the beginning of my exchange application, I knew I wanted to experience the quintessential American college atmosphere. Tech is that and so much more. From the huge tailgates and football games to the beautiful campus and friendly locals, my transition to a year abroad could not have been any better.

Being in a small college town like Blacksburg is very laid back and relaxed compared to life at home. With so much school pride, the entire town revolves around VT; especially their football team. Locals are always willing to help you out and they love to hear about your choice to come to Tech.

I chose to live in one of the bigger dorms (Pritchard Hall) and love it! The academic and residential sides of campus are separated by the Drillfield, which means a pleasant 10-15 minute walk to classes. You’ll often see the Corps of Cadets training together on the Drillfield. Being in such a central position is also only a short walk to downtown Main Street and really close to Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum.

I’ve met loads of friendly local students from the dorms and my classes. It has also been really great getting to know the other exchange students as we’re able to bond over our similar situations.  

Greek life is pretty big at VT, however for those who aren’t in a sorority or fraternity there are heaps of other clubs, organisations and opportunities to find people with similar interests. The tailgates before football games are crazy and so exciting to be a part of. Lane Stadium roars when Enter Sandman plays and the players come onto the field. We’ve only had one home football game so far as Hurricane Florence cancelled the second. I can’t wait for the next!

While Tech is situated in a rural area, busses are easily accessible (and a lot cheaper than flights) to travel interstate. While I haven’t travelled too far just yet, I’m looking forward to going to South Carolina, D.C. and New York within the next few weeks.

Even though I’ve only been here for one month, I can positively say it has been the best decision I’ve ever made. The opportunity to live and study overseas, make friends across the globe and travel to so many amazing places is something I’m so glad I didn’t pass up. Even though it wasn’t easy leaving the comforts of home, this chance truly is once in a lifetime.

Micaele Parker
Bachelor of Business
Virginia Tech
United States

For more information about the UTS Global Exchange program please visit: www.global-exchange.uts.edu.au

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