1. Uploading your acceptance into your program on literally every form of social media because you were so damn excited.
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2. Paying for a picture of yourself holding a koala.
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3. Crawling around in dirt to be closer to kangaroos.
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4. Forcing kangaroos to take selfies with you.
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5. Basically just annoying the hell out of kangaroos for the sake of a picture.
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6. Eating kangaroo meat then feeling pretty badly about it.
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7. Taking a boat like this one around the GBR.
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8. And then snorkeling only to capture photos like this:
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9. Deciding to take surfing lessons and being so great with the form on land…
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10. …only to completely fail with the form in water.
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11. Learning to play a didgeridoo with Aboriginal people.
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12. Attending a sausage sizzle and wondering where the hell the buns are.
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13. Trying to access some entertainment and being shut the hell down.
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14. Drinking A LOT of goon.
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15. Being TERRIFIED that you would run into some of the ~local~ wildlife.
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16. Staying in a hostel and being SHOCKED at how damn nice literally everyone was.
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17. Posing for an iconic picture in front of the Opera House.
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18. Contemplating throwing sticks at this damn bird when it wouldn’t shut up.
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(JK, we would never hurt animals.)
19. Going to a breathtaking beach pretty much every weekend.
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20. Referring to McDonald’s as “Macca’s” because…that’s what it’s called.
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21. Buying Australia’s version of “peanut butter” and getting immediately homesick.
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22. And being ASTOUNDED by the price of things.
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23. Trying to find P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way in Sydney.
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24. Taking pictures of pretty much everything that is different from America.
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25. And, no matter what, never being able to stop talking about the time you studied abroad in Australia.
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Because it was the best time of your life.