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2011-10-11 Australia as My Second Home

So here it is, nearing the end of the semester in Queensland, and I can’t believe it. It’s going to be some serious crunch time for exams, because I have been having so much fun that I nearly forgot I was supposed to be studying! It is going to be the most difficult thing to have to leave Australia. Sure, I miss my family and friends, but this has been such a great experience, and I don’t want it to end. I have made so many amazing friends, and I’ve shared an amazing experience with each of them. The most difficult difficult part, I think, is the short amount of time I have spent here. I feel like I have just gotten over the unfamiliarity, and it is almost time to leave. It is great news that my family will be joining me on my final days here. They are going to come for a couple weeks in Cairns, and we will fly to Sydney to spend a couple of days and finally go home.

This past weekend we had a bonfire out on the beach, and it made me realize how much of a close-knit group of friends I have made here, and that is tough to find. Australia has really grown on me; even though I had some homesick moments in the beginning, it is not a place that I would be okay with leaving behind forever and never coming back. Cairns has become my second home.

Ashley Tobiska

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