We recently sat down with the two students who were recipients of the scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year to get to know them and hear about their experiences.
Meet Lara Cullinane
Lara is a graduating senior at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia; but she spent spring semester at Ohio State, thanks to CampusParc’s exchange scholarship.
A chemical and materials engineering and physics dual major at UQ, Lara, was attracted to the opportunity to study at Ohio State because of the reputation its materials science program has. “Flights and accommodations aren’t exactly cheap, and the CampusParc scholarship allowed me to jump on this opportunity to broaden my academic horizons,” continued Lara, “and I have always wanted to do an exchange.
“I was able to take advantage of chemical and materials science classes at Ohio State—classes such as electroceramics and corrosion, process control, and transport phenomenon—that they don’t offer at UQ.
“It was an amazing experience, but it is very cold in Columbus! I was very impressed by the snow!”
Lara graduates in November from the University of Queensland, and while she was in the states, she took full advantage of her first trip here. “Over spring break I went to San Diego and I got to spend some time in Chicago.” Here in Columbus, in addition to attending the Buckeyes Spring Game, she has also become a fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets. And she got in one last adventure after the end of spring semester and travelled to the nation’s capital before heading home to the warmth of Brisbane in July.
Meet Paul Lacher
Paul is about to become a sixth-year senior at Ohio State, with a double major in materials engineering and art. One of the reasons his education has been extended is that he has taken advantage of opportunities for internships—like GE Aviation—and study abroad. Most recently, Paul spent the semester in Brisbane, Australia at the University of Queensland, thanks to CampusParc’s exchange scholarship.
“I always wanted to study abroad, and then I got an email from my academic advisor, inviting me to apply for this scholarship. It sounded like an awesome opportunity and I’d always wanted to go to Australia, so I applied…and got it!
“Among others, I took an engineering project management class and Australian Pacific Indigenous Aboriginal History class, which allowed me to visit an Aboriginal community. It was an extremely awarding experience.
“After my semester ended, I did some personal travel. I went SCUBA diving on the Great Barrier Reef…eleven dives! It was on my bucket list. And I got to know Australians who had lived there their entire life. I feel like I grew a lot as a person.”
After graduation, Paul is generally interested in project management, but wants to explore. And that seems to be in his DNA.
The Ohio State University and the University of Queensland are members of Universitas 21, the leading global network of research-intensive universities, working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning and student mobility.