15 things that will happen to you as an Aussie exchange student in the USA

15 things that will happen to you as an Aussie exchange student in the USA

1. You will go crazy at the start, eating burgers and pizza, like, everyday. As an Aussie, we just don’t have this opportunity all the freaking time!

2. …Which is how you will gain the dreaded ‘freshman fifteen’ also known as putting on 15 pounds of extra fat. Or maybe even the Pullman 20 if you study at Washington State University.

3. People may act like you are from another planet. Yes, I know who Kim Kardashian is; I’m from Australia, not a third world country.

4. People will ask you to say things like ‘P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney,’ or ‘Kangaroos’ just because they find your accent so entertaining.

5. You will drink from red cups… in fact, I’m pretty sure red cups are the only coloured cups they even have.

6. You will discover that frat parties are very much real and not just an urban legend that only exists in American movies.

7. People will have no idea what you’re saying when you use words like ‘arvo’ or ‘keen.’

8. You will probably miss food that you didn’t even know were Aussie foods. This includes Mi Goreng, which you will have to replace with Ramen.

9. You will learn that the only Australian city many Americans know of is Sydney, usually from the movie Finding Nemo. If you tell them you’re from Melbourne, their response will be ‘Huh? Wheres that?’

10. Sometimes you will feel like you never want to leave, other days you will be so bloody sick of those American accents. Where are my Aussie mates at?!

11. People will ask you about all the dangerous animals in Australia…when in reality the only scary animals you’ve probably encountered are huntsman spiders and swooping magpies.

12. People will try to do an Aussie accent, and 99.9% of them will fail. It’s just not that easy, mate.

13. You will spend about 50% of your mornings hungover. Americans don’t use red cups simply for hydration.

14. You will be completely lost during your first football game. Why is he running with the ball? And why are we cheering?

15. People will bloody love ya.



  1. April 13, 2017 / 2:00 am

    HAHA, I think its the same for any non-American, my ex boyf studied in the states and I felt like an alien when I visited. ‘You have internet in Scotland? was a legitimate question.

    • Becca Dunne
      April 13, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Oh gosh, thats funny!

  2. April 13, 2017 / 3:40 am

    This is hilarious! 😂

    • Becca Dunne
      April 13, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Thanks Debbie!

    • Becca Dunne
      April 13, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Thank you Kole! 🙂

  3. Becca Dunne
    April 13, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Thanks Debbie!

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