Yay! I finally escaped the world of Beverly Hills customer service, and found a job with “IFSA-Butler Australia” as a Student Services Coordinator. IFSA-Butler happens to be the same organisation I studied abroad with in 2001! I look after American students coming here to study at University of New South Wales and University of Wollongong (I pronounced it wrong for several weeks before a few Australians told me it’s WOOL-on-gong, not WALL-on-gong).
One of the best parts of my job is at the start of each semester I’ll meet the students in Brisbane, where we take them for a 3-day Orientation on the Sunshine Coast, complete with surf lessons, a trip to Fraser Island, camel rides on the beach, and of course, lots of PowerPoint Presentations. I’ve already gotten my first-aid certification, so I can treat all the jellyfish stings and drop bear bites… those are particularly deadly!