(Buffalo, N.Y.) – The Buffalo Review will produce a number of stories and podcasts highlighting the experience of foreign exchange students in Australia.
Many students from Buffalo State participate in the Study Abroad and National Student Exchange programs in countries such as Australia, England, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Additionally, there are more than 620 programs available in nearly 70 countries to SUNY students.
This semester, Brianna Shaffer, a junior media production major at Buffalo State, will report on her experiences while studying at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.
Shaffer, who is from Syracuse, N.Y., has been in Australia for two months and she will produce a number of stories and podcasts during the fall semester detailing life and culture in another country.
“Australia isn’t much of a cultural shock. It’s basically America’s weird cousin,” said Shaffer. “It’s pretty lonely starting out because you have to make all new friends and learn to get around, but it has been quite an eye opening experience.”
Shaffer said she has been impressed with the beauty of Adelaide, with its many gardens and nearby beaches and mountains.
“I truly want to expose people to how important going out and seeing the world is and I want to spread that (idea) to my student body,” she said.
“I want people to continue to expand their brains and open their minds to different people and ideas. I want to urge people to travel more, especially through Study Abroad because how often do you get an opportunity to live in another country.”
Some of her first reports will focus on the transition students face in a new country and the popularity of Australian football.
“I’m really excited to have this content for the Buffalo Review,” said Dr. Joseph Kasko, assistant professor of journalism at Buffalo State. “I’m really impressed by Brianna’s eagerness and interest in this project and I know our readers are likely to learn a lot from her reporting.”