Chloe’s journey from Corunna to Canada

A university exchange in Canada has been an experience of “firsts” for Charles Darwin University student Chloe French.

The 21-year-old Bachelor of Education student, who will graduate later in 2018, has attended lectures on a campus and tried snow sports for the first time, since she arrived at Mount Royal University, in Calgary, last month (January 2018).

“I have been an external student the whole way through my degree, so this is all new to me,” she said.

“Going to real classes has been my favourite part.

“The people here are lovely, especially to Australian students, and everyone has 20 questions to ask about our weather or kangaroos.”

Chloe, whose parents Brenton and Jo French run sheep on Corunna Station, about 60km from Whyalla, remained in the Eyre Peninsula region, living and working in Port Augusta, while studying full-time with CDU.

She will undertake courses including effective assessment, teaching English as a second language and physical education, while on the one-semester exchange in Calgary.

“This is a good opportunity to see what the education system and curriculum are like in countries outside of Australia,” she said.

The aspiring primary school teacher said that when she wasn’t studying she took advantage of arriving in Canada in mid-winter.

“When I arrived it was so weird to think that I was on the other side of the world in -24C, when it was about 42C back home,” she said.

“I went to Lake Louise, about two hours from Calgary, and I have never seen mountains look so beautiful. Walking in the snow and learning to ice-skate was just amazing.”

Story first published by Charles Darwin University