Lauren Arens

"When I started this trip I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. The details were fuzzy and the explanations I got weren't what you would call clear. Not only that, but I had never been out of the country before and was terrified of flying over the Pacific. But once I got here, it was both everything and nothing like I expected it to be.

There were so many faces to remember and names to learn (It didn't help that there were four Peters either). Before we knew it we had these analogue cameras in our hands, a rough explanation on how to use them, and we were off to the Outback. I have never had more fun exploring the outdoors or sitting around the campfire. And who knew journaling and the darkroom could be so fun?

The time goes by so quickly it’s hard to believe I have made such good friends while here. But everyone here instantly becomes part of your life that you will never forget; the other students, the professors, Peter Peterson, others staying at the hostel, and even the park rangers. These people are no longer strangers whose names I forgot, they are a part of me now; they are family."