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Mark Malone

Class Year:

2018

Hometown:

Fairfield, CT

Global Study Semester:

Spring 2016

Program:

Arcadia University – University of Wollongong
Wollongong, Australia

Major/Minor:

Economics

Activities on Campus:

  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Community Advisor
  • Eisenhower Institute
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters

My Story from Global Study:

While studying abroad at the University of Wollongong, Australia, I was fortunate enough to learn a tremendous amount about the aborigine/indigenous Australian culture. It was fascinating to learn about the different tribes that accommodate different parts of Australia. Most of the tribes are now non-existent; however, some still do remain. Furthermore, many native Australians take great pride in the aborigine culture that their family is from. Each tribe had different characteristics, traditions, and practices that they were accustomed to, and it made me realize how rich the Australian culture really is. In addition, I also took an Australian studies course while at the University of Wollongong, which informed me more about Australian culture and history. One very cool trip we went on was to a former aborigine tribe where we saw markings carved into stone walls and symbols representing the tribe’s core values. For example, a symbol of a shield or arrow meant power and strength, and a symbol of a fish or animal represented the abundance of food in that area. Overall, I really enjoyed learning about the indigenous Australians because it gave me greater insight about Australian history, culture, and traditions.

My Advice for Future Students:

Travel as much as you can, because the more you travel, the more you can learn about diversity, unique cultures, and different traditions that helped create and influence their cultural identity.