For me, one of best part of the exchange is all the people I have met and all the amazing experiences we have had together. In the beginning RMIT arranged an orientation for students on exchange, which was an amazing opportunity to meet so many other people in the same situation. Since many of the students are arriving alone or only knowing one or two, everybody wants to find friends which makes it so much easier. The very first day I met some people that later turned out to be some of my closest friend during the entire exchange and we also made a lot of travelling together afterwards. In Australia there is also many backpackers and I found people very friendly and it was very easy to make new friends! RMIT also had a wide selection of student clubs, which also is an amazing opportunity to meet people or try something new. They also arranged trips, sport sessions, parties, dinners and so much more so you really don’t have to worry not to meet new people.
Melbourne is also a city that always has something going on and so much things to do and experience! Everything from go and hike in the rainforest, festivals, day trips and a great night life! Because if there is something that you don’t want to do; is t waste your time! Embrace and take in everything; read the local newspaper, try the new coffee and go on and test that sport that you feel curious for. For me, I became braver; I always had in my head that if I managed to go on exchange I can easy mange to… e.g. go climbing, go to that exhibit alone or just try falafel! I wanted to try everything, and even if that is the scariest thing sometime; I have never changed my mind and I comes back to Sweden with so much new knowledge and experiences. For example; when we went to a national park and did some hiking and camping and I woke in the middle of the night of a kangaroo eating outside our tent. I went with one of my roommates and we didn’t knew anyone else on the trip, but it turned out to be one of the best one I have had in my life, even if it was scary to first travel with people you didn’t know and that you had to step out of your comfort zone.