The worldwide Augustana College experience

G’day, mates! My name is Robbin Cooley, and I am from Wyoming, Illinois. I am a junior at Augustana College and am majoring in psychology and speech communication with a German minor. In Sydney, I will be interning at Elixr Health Club in the Sports Management field. While abroad, I plan to see as many sites and do as many new things as possible, including traveling to the Great Barrier Reef, learning to surf and transforming into a real Aussie!

Surf’s Up Dude!

G’Day Mates! Our newest adventure here in the Land Down Under was Mojo Surf Camp. The surf camp was a six hour bus ride to Crescent Head Beach. It was a unique experience because the two day camp allowed us 15 hours of surfing on a beach to ourselves. We arrived to Crescent Head on [...]

Aussie Animals!

  The 3 Sisters

Obamanation.

G’Day Mates! Yesterday the “hot news” was Obama’s inauguration. When most people realized that I was American they would immediately begin to ask how I felt about Obama and then give their opinions of him and other U.S. political issues as well. It is strange to me because I have a hard time keeping up with [...]

G’Day Mates!

G’Day Mates! The weather today is sitting right around 90 degrees and sunny. It feels nice, but adds a very strange smell to the use of public transportation. Each day we are getting more and more used to public transportation, yesterday was a learning experience for me. I spent nearly 3 hours lost in Sydney. [...]

The start of something beautiful

G’Day Mates! Well, I am successfully in the Southern Hemisphere where the weather is warm, the days are long, and the sun is strong. If you don’t believe me when I say the sun is strong, just ask any of the 25 Augie’s that went to Bondi Beach on Sunday and came back a nice shade of red. Overall, there [...]

The Anticipation

G’Day Mates, It is now almost 24 hours until I will be Australia bound. Over the past few days my feelings have been bouncing from excited, to nervous, to stressed, and then back to excited again. Whatever feeling it may be, I am ready to get there and begin a wonderful journey. Over the Holidays, I [...]