Olivia Meyer, '13
Early childhood education major Olivia Meyer spent her last semester of college in Australia, where she fulfilled her student teaching requirement. Meyer, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, chose Muskingum in part because her older sister was a student; any time she visited, she felt at home.
Meyer had long had dreams of student teaching in Australia and decided to take the leap because “I knew I would forever regret not going if I let the chance pass me by.”
Meyer spoke enthusiastically of her experiences while abroad last spring: “I am grateful to be teaching in a fantastic school right in the heart of Sydney. Outside of school, I have done a lot of exploring. I walk around the city and take in the sights and sounds as much as possible. I have been to the Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Darling Harbor, Sydney Olympic Park (home of the 2000 Sydney Olympics), and Customs House, just to name a few! The weather has been gorgeous, upper 70's and low 80's, perfect for venturing around the city!”
Meyer hopes that her experiences student teaching abroad will set her apart from other applicants, expanding her future career opportunities.
For students considering study abroad but nervous about leaving the familiar, Meyer is both honest and encouraging: “Studying abroad is definitely a large undertaking. It can be stressful and overwhelming, but it is also the chance of a lifetime. Being away from family, friends, and loved ones gives you an opportunity to explore the world and discover yourself. It is a very rewarding experience and one that will stick with you forever. My biggest piece of advice would be to go into the experience with an open mind. Yes, there will be ups and downs, but the trip will be what you make it. Be open to learning about the culture you are living in, trying new things, and stepping out of your comfort zone!”