TTUISD Student Travels to Australia as People to People Student Ambassador


April 14, 2008

Katie, a current TTUISD student from Floydada, Texas, recently visited Australia as a People to People Student Ambassador with the Lubbock delegation.

Katie has been a TTUISD student for seven years. "I enjoy the TTUISD program very much because it gives me more freedom to set my own schedule," Katie said. "It allows me to work on my classes when I want, and travel year round." She enjoys being able to work on her writing skills more frequently. She also enjoys the opportunity she has to pursue her other interests, such as learning more about different cultures and languages.

During Katie's 20-day trip to Australia, she had the opportunity to travel down the coast from Cairnes to Sydney. She stayed at an Australian Cattle Station farm, snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reefs and interacted with koalas and other animals at a wildlife sanctuary. She spent two nights with an Australian family and was able to visit the local high school.

In order to receive high school credit, Katie attended six training meetings and completed a research project here in Lubbock prior to her trip. She also kept a detailed academic journal of all her experiences while in Australia.

"The People to People trip to Australia was a wonderful hands-on experience of how other cultures live," Katie said.

Through her unique trip to Australia, Katie has had the opportunity to develop her public speaking skills by giving a presentation of her experiences to organizations such as the Lions Club and the Rotary Club.

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