Brenna K.

Senior - Journalism & Mass Communication
Albuquerque, N.M.

Study Abroad Location: Newcastle, Australia

Interests: Writing, Photography, Band, Hiking, Playing Softball

Extra Curricular Activities: Soundpack, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Red or Green? green


Favorite Class: Greek Mythology

Favorite Bands: Coldplay, OneRepublic, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, The Beatles, Vance Joy, Queen, Michael Jackson

Why did you choose to study abroad?
I chose to study abroad because I have always wanted to see more of the world. I believe that studying abroad in college is one of the cheapest ways to experience a new culture.

Why Australia?
I chose Australia because of my adventurous spirit and my love for the outdoors. Australia is a great place for outdoor activities, like camping and hiking, because of the wonderful weather and location, and the friendly people.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when entering UNM?
I wish I would’ve kept better relationships with some of my friends from high school, because it is very easy to lose contact with them after entering into college.

Why is it important to study abroad?
Studying abroad helps you become more confident and self-reliant, and it pushes you to try things you never thought you would try before. It also allows you to connect and build lasting relationships with people from all around the world.

Meet Brenna K.

The Good and the Bad about Living in Australia

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The Good: -Aussies are very social people, and they love to have a good time. It’s easy to find a party around, complete with VB and goon sacks aplenty. -Aussies have a very vulgar sense of humor, and are always having a good laugh about everything. They also use some pretty funny slang terms (who […]

Living on Campus

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When I came to Australia I found it hard to choose my accommodation because there were so many options, and because choosing from photos online rather than in person can be pretty tricky. This time around I had the option between living on campus and living off-campus, in the city of Newcastle, which is about […]

Some Aussie Slang I’ve Picked Up

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In Australia a lot of people use slang, and some have really thick accents that are hard to understand. Here’s a list of some of the slang words I’ve heard in Newcastle, so if you ever encounter them you won’t be completely lost! Arvo: Afternoon Too easy: It’s alright/it’s a peice of cake Brekkie: Breakfast […]

My Spring Break Abroad

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If you use it right, your spring/fall break abroad may be the best time you have on your exchange trip. This semester I was lucky enough to have two weeks off for break, which I used to plan a trip for myself and my two friends to go to Tasmania (where I studied for a […]

How to Stay Happy and Healthy on Your Study Abroad Trip

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Leaving the U.S. for the first time (or even the second) can be stressful, but here are a few tips I’ve learned down the line that have helped me have a successful time abroad on both of my trips to Australia. Before You Leave: Buy an address book that you can use to collect the […]