Now that I’ve completed my exams at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and received back my results, I have officially completed my virtual exchange term! It seems that just yesterday I started my term so I really can’t believe that it’s officially over.
Reflecting on my entire virtual exchange experience, I can happily say that it was an experience to remember. The whole reason that I accepted this arrangement was because I wanted to have a unique experience and see how an exchange would be like during this pandemic. I’ve never heard of U of T students doing virtual exchanges before so I was excited to see how it would be and share my experiences throughout the term. I got a sense of how it would feel to be a regular UWA student studying online, and during Covid-19 times, I would say that is a great way to experience a change.
One key thought that I will be taking away from my virtual exchange experience is that I thoroughly enjoyed studying at an Australian university. The curriculum used there is great and I would definitely be open to the idea of returning there for higher education. I liked how the examples used in my classes referred everything to the Australian context, which expanded my knowledge. For example, as someone who’s recently incorporated a business and is heavily interested in entrepreneurship, the Small Business Management course that I took at UWA gave me an idea of the entrepreneurial environment in Australia and how it compared with North America.
I also have a great excuse now to go on a vacation to Australia, as I have studied there and really want to go see how the country is for myself. It is now a part of my bucket list to travel all the way to Western Australia and visit the UWA campus in Perth. I can just imagine it being such an exciting experience and I cannot wait!
Overall, my virtual exchange has been nothing short of fantastic, and I am so happy for doing it. I had a great time taking different courses, making new friends online, learning more about the Australian environment and taking a little break from my regular U of T schedule! I think that a virtual exchange is a great alternative to doing an actual exchange during this pandemic and I would highly suggest it to anyone interested. With that, I want to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed being a student blogger this semester and I am now signing off on my UWA virtual exchange series on the Life @ U of T blog!
I hope everyone has a successful exam period. Happy Holidays!