November 28, 2012, by Holly Jackson

Why Study Music?

Rebecca Gilling, Second Year Music Student.

Although the application process began very early on in my first year, with a lot to organise, it was definitely worth the time as I have found studying abroad in Australia to be an incredibly liberating experience. This time last year I felt pretty overwhelmed by the move from a small farming town to University, and although I knew I always wanted to study abroad, I consider it one of my greatest achievements that I was able live independently on the other side of the world for six months. 

Rebecca and friends

Rebecca and friends

Studying at the University of Queensland has been beneficial to my degree because I have been able to take modules that are uniquely Australian, such as Aboriginal Music. I undertook my own research project into Aboriginal musicians and the media, and independently learned about the music of Aboriginal people as well as broadening my awareness of political and social issues regarding the complex history of Australia. As a musician I can now say that I have performed in another country, as well as watched and performed with Australian musicians; a unique opportunity as a result of being an exchange student.  

If anyone is considering studying abroad as part of their degree, they should totally go for it! You will get to meet so many people from so many different countries, experience new things, see new places, and learn so much more than just the essentials of your course in England. Additionally, being abroad as a student is one of the only times when the majority of your travels will be paid for by your student loan, so why not? The world is a big place and there’s so much to see. Being an exchange student gives you such a great motivation to get out there and explore it, so if you’re lucky enough to get the chance do not let it pass you by – it will be an experience that you will never forget.


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