July 4 - December 14, 2012 will forever mark a memorable period in my life corresponding to my study abroad experience at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. This was by far the longest time I’ve spent away from home or out of the country for that matter. But, living in Coogee, a small beach suburb of Sydney, with a balcony overlooking the beach and the ocean, I quickly made myself at home literally on the other side of the world. What I did not realize was how much these few short months would change not only my perspective, but also my motivations and priorities. This personal growth was partially due to the multitude of novel experiences I had during study abroad.