Growing up I had always dreamed of visiting the Great Barrier Reef, as I’m sure all other aspiring Marine Biologists out there do. I dreamed of being able to take in the beautiful color of coral, tropical fish and vast variety of invertebrates. So, when I got the chance to study abroad, I knew there was no greater place to go, than Australia, and make my dreams come true. I chose James Cook University, because the school is linked with the UO, and it is renowned for both marine and tropical Biology. I took courses in Evolution and Ecology of Coral Reef Fish with Dr. David Bellwood, in which we spent a week at the James Cook University’s research centre, Orpheus Island. While there, I learned first-hand how to sample coral reef diversity with a variety of techniques, and had a chance to snorkel on this almost pristine coral reef for class credit. The fish, coral and invertebrates surpassed my imagination. Studying in Australia gave me an opportunity to learn about a variety of other habitats, such as sandy beaches, rocky shores and mangroves. I also had an opportunity to learn about the vast diversity of algae that Australia is renowned for, something I hadn’t known before my experience to Australia. Everyday I learned something new about my field and myself. Studying abroad to James Cook University gave me an opportunity to learn about my future field of work, myself and a chance to make one of my dreams come true.