Carlette T.

Junior - Elementary Education

Study Abroad Location: Newcastle, Australia

Interests: Reading, getting lost, and eating.

Extra Curricular Activities: French Club

Red or Green? green


Favorite Class: Ethical Issues in the Fashion Industry

Favorite Bands: It’s easier to list what I don’t like: rap and heavy metal.

What surprised you the most about UNM?
I thought I was just going to be focused on studying and that’s it. But I have been to several fun events on campus. I used to go to UNI Night when I lived on campus and they always have fun things like late night breakfast or ice cream sundae bars.

Why did you choose to study abroad?
Over winter break I visited my best friend in France for a month. During that time I saw myself become more independent. I came home realizing that there is a particular kind of growth that can only happen when you are in a completely foreign place. So I decided to study abroad!

What do you wish you knew when you started the Study Abroad process?
I didn’t know that the classes I was choosing were graduate level and that Newcastle wouldn’t allow me to take them. I would have chosen a university that allowed me to take the specific education courses I need. I have to take a few classes online with UNM because of the misunderstanding.

How do you think study abroad will help you in your professional career?
I want to see how the teaching courses differ from UNM’s the most. I will just take whatever I learn in Australia and apply it in my classroom.

Meet Carlette T.

The Journey Home

Returning home is much greater than I ever imagined. There were days in Australia where I thought I would never be able to leave, but then the nostalgia for home settled in. I grew to love so many things about my life here and appreciate them more. I missed the colorful sunsets, the Sandia Mountains, […]

There’s a reason Melbourne is “The Most Livable City”

  While studying abroad there is an extreme amount of pressure to do everything and see everything because “you’re only here once.” I got swept up into that pressure but my experience in Melbourne was the best time of my life. However, I’ve always tried to be transparent about the true costs of seeing the […]

My “Happy Place”

You know when you start to get stressed out and people tell you to think of your “happy place?” Well, for me, Caves Beach is that place. I visualize the sand, the waves, and wandering through the caves. In times of great stress, like preparing to come home, it’s important to stop, take a deep […]

No. Sydney is not the capital of Australia

If you ask Americans what the capital of Australia is, their answer will almost always be: Sydney. These people, are wrong. I was one of those people before arriving to Australia. The capital of Australia is actually Canberra. It is pronounced “Can-Bruh” and I highly recommend learning how to say it correctly otherwise you will […]

Where has the time gone?

I have been in Australia for roughly three months now. I know I haven’t posted much since I have been here, and that is mostly due to the high amounts of stress related issues I have had to deal with since I arrived. The hardest part about adjusting to life in Australia has been the […]