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What is it in Sydney Australia?

Sydney / January 20, 2021

CAPA_SkyleeLawton_Sydney_Headshot.pngSkylee Lawton is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Skylee gives us her best tips on how to avoid getting sick, and what to do in case you already are.

I am currently writing this blog post on my phone, in the Sydney International Airport waiting for my plane to New Zealand. The only problem is that I got sick yesterday and yes, it does suck. Once I realized something was wrong I immediately FaceTimed my mom and she connected me to our close family friend Bob. Bob just so happens to be the best emergency room surgeon, so I always go to him for help because he is literally there for my family 24/7.

After I told him my symptoms, he concluded that I was extremely dehydrated. This makes sense as I really haven't been drinking a lot of water and my body has been overloaded with excitement. Since I am already sick, this post won't help me, but hopefully it will help someone else is traveling abroad. This is, I guess, more informative than the rest of my blogs and for some, maybe a little repetitive.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Summer2017_From Skylee Lawton Sick 1.jpgHere's how not to get sick and what to do if you already are:

1. Drink a lot of water.

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Shayanna Roman is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major and Art minor at SUNY New Paltz, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Shayanna talks about her role at her internship placement, Mashay.

Hey, CAPA fam! Welcome back to my blog.

Photo: Tank Stream Labs, where Mashay and several other startups share office space and work alongside each other as they grow their companies.

I’ve officially been interning for Mashay, an up-and-coming social media app, for over a week now and already have so much to share with you. To start off, Mashay is an app that aims to connect users with other likeminded individuals by providing a platform that offers unique local activities in Sydney that can be shared with large groups of people. These experiences range from wine crafting to live music events to axe-throwing and are all in collaboration with local businesses throughout the city. Mashay’s experiences deviate from the typical mainstream activities that pop up when you do a Google search, allowing users to really get an authentic feel for Sydney’s lifestyle- or as we would say, #mashout like the locals. The app is set to launch sometime next week which is really exciting! I’m glad to have started at such an integral time.

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CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Summer2017_From Shayanna Roman Internship 1.jpgSkylee Lawton is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Skylee tells us about her internship at FoodFaith, and how it differs from what she expected.

Update on my adventures in Sydney: I started my internship with FoodFaith on Monday, June 29 (Australian time). I don’t know how many times I have said that it is nothing like what I had imagined. I work as a public relations and event planning intern for my boss, CEO Judy Friedlander. To give a little context, FoodFaith is a nonprofit organization that utilizes environmental sustainability and food practices to achieve religious and social cohesion. I never really expected to be in this industry, but I think it’s really helping me to push my creative boundaries.

Photo: one of the views from an office at the corporate bulding

Judy Friedlander is nothing short of an incredible woman. She’s strong-headed, caring, persuasive and incredibly intelligent. She is a mother of two and she treats me and the other intern Haley as if we were her “visiting children” who just so happen to work for her. I am honestly lucky to work my first internship with her as I am learning so much more than I thought I would.

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CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Summer2017_From Skylee Lawton Internship 3.jpgShayanna Roman is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major and Art minor at SUNY New Paltz, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Shayanna talks about her biggest challenges: budgeting, grocery shopping, and transportation.

Hello from Down Under, readers! After last week’s multiple pre-departure fiascos and (surprisingly) not so terrible 12 hour layover in LAX, I’ve arrived in beautiful Sydney, Australia and I have to say, I’m in love with this city. The scenic views, friendly people, and great food have me seriously considering moving here in the future if possible. However, there have inevitably been some challenges getting used to life in this global city.

Photo: I still can’t believe I work near here!

So far, I’ve gotten lost more times than I can count, had an existential crisis while grocery shopping and spent an absurd amount of money eating out. I was nowhere near prepared for the cost of living in such an expensive city. After only one week of constantly eating out at several of Sydney’s delicious restaurants with my new friends, it started taking a heavy toll on my wallet. I knew I had to start cooking in order to budget my money better, otherwise I’d be broke within two weeks.

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Skylee Lawton is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Public Relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Skylee tells us the biggest differences she's noticed so far between home and Sydney, including relaxed TSA and driving on opposite sides.

Let me start off by saying that Sydney is really nothing like I imagined. Even with my pre-trip research, I was not expecting the city to be so diverse and house so many cultures. In my first few hours here, I explored Australian streets, ate Chinese food, listened to American music and watched a British television show.

The first thing that was surprising to me was how easy going people are here. Going through Australian customs was less terrifying than I imagined. I was expecting an interrogation to which I mentally practiced my speech for the border police in line. I also had my CAPA entry letter prepared in a nice packet to show that I had an important reason to be here. When I got up front, the officer humorously commented on my unique name, scanned my passport and welcomed me to the country. No further questions.

Photo: the bridge I have to cross to get from one building to my apartment

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In her first post, Shayanna gives us the do's and don't of preparing to study abroad.

Hello lovely readers! I’m currently writing this as I sit on my connecting flight to LA, where I will have a 12 hour layover (keep an eye out for a future post about that). Right now, I am utterly exhausted and stressed, but still excited nonetheless to finally be embarking on my journey to Sydney!

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