Carolyn Reimann: Adventure is out there!

“Adventure is out there”, a quote made famous by Disney’s Up back in 2009 when I first started university, has stuck with me throughout my journey in Australia. I like many of you, made the trip to pack up everything in search of something new and exciting. I had never been to Australia before, yet there I was in January of 2014 packing my bags for an adventure. I knew that medical school in Australia was going to be a change of pace from the life I had made for myself back in Detroit, yet I was completely naïve of all the doors that were about to open for me.

Carolyn in the Royal Flyer Doctor's plane

On board with the Royal Flying Doctor Service!

Since my arrival in 2014, I have fallen head over heels in love for this wonderful country. I have been fortunate enough to undertake placement opportunities in rural places like Boulia, with a population of 300 people. I’ve driven through the red dirt of Alice Springs up to Tennant Creek, hitched a ride on a yacht around the Whitsundays, and conquered the summer snows on the Overland Track in Tasmania.

Carolyn at the Overland Track - Tasmania

Exploring the Overland Track in Tasmania.

Carolyn in camper van.

Travelling in style!

Before any of this could happen, I had to take my first new steps around the James Cook University campus. It is because of JCU that I have had all of these opportunities. I started clubs, joined clubs, went to guest speaker nights, met new friends from Australia and from overseas. At O-Week I was overwhelmed by everything that was going on, but I took a chance, put my name down for different things. Here I am 5 years later, with stories that will last me a lifetime.

To all the international students just arriving in Australia. If I had to let you know anything it is this: Adventure is out there, you just need to take that first step.

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