To say I’m surprised at
myself for making it to Sydney is an understatement. Sometimes you have such
massive dreams that they seem too far to obtain. Sometimes life blasts you with
obstacles making it harder for you to reach what you want. Or sometimes, people
can make you doubt your ability to thrive on your own visions. But despite undergoing a few
downfalls, I made it.
During my senior year at IUP
as a Journalism and Public Relations Department major, I knew I didn’t want to get a “big girl job” right away —
or ever for that matter. I loved writing and wanted to pursue and incredible
career, but being at school also made me realize all the opportunities I had in
front of me to explore the world.
After months of research, filling
out paperwork for an entire summer and interviewing what felt like a hundred
times, I landed a position as an au pair (a nanny) in Sydney, Australia. The time
leading up to my flight was filled with wonder, but I didn’t want to jinx
myself, so I tried not to think of it until the very last minute.
When I finally landed in the
OZ, I felt an entirely new sense of what it meant to be independent. Since
being here, I’ve met people from all over the world and have befriended people
from countries like the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and many others. Living,
working and making friends in a city that’s more than 10,000 miles away from
home is a weird feeling — but also one that’s more invigorating and exciting
I’ve traveled and explored,
went on countless adventures and have crossed things off my bucket list left
and right. I spend a lot of my time riding solo and figuring things out on my
own. I’ve spent my fair share out and about in
the city on the weekends with friends and random people I meet.
I work full-time as an au
pair while also maintaining a copywriting job I have in the U.S. In January and
February I’ll be pursuing a few long-term trips. One up the east coast of
Australia and another to Bali. Then, at the beginning of March, I’ll be with a
new host family until August 2019, making it an entire year of living in a
Although I’ve fallen in love
with the city, the saying, “there’s no place like home,” holds true no matter
where I am. With three months down and nine to go, I miss my friends, family
and IUP professors, but our constant texting and facetiming sessions get me through.
I’m not homesick yet, but I know it’s sure to hit me soon.
Thanks for all the love and
support IUP and the Journalism and Public Relations Department!
Cassie Putt, class of '18