Welcome to the St. Olaf Semester in Australia Blog

We are 28 in number.  We range in age from 18 to 35.  We share in passion for learning and adventure.  We are Oles.

Over the next four months, we will travel throughout southeastern Australia, learning about all aspects of Australian life.  The flora, fauna, ecological habits and human history of Australia offer opportunities for study that are unique in diversity. This program will start in Melbourne during Australia’s late summer and move northward into the warmer latitudes during the semester as their fall season progresses. All travel will be in the eastern half of the country where the greatest diversity of natural habitats and human activity occur. A combination of lectures, extensive field experiences, and brief research projects will enable us to learn about and appreciate this fascinating continent.  Through four classes–terrestrial ecology, marine biology, aboriginal studies, and environmental policy–we will embark on adventures unlike any other.  Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef.  Studying rain forests in the Otway Ranges along the Great Ocean Road.  Discussing the myriad of environmental issues Australia faces today in the capital, Canberra.  Acquainting ourselves with the many lifestyles of Australia from a cattle ranch in the outback to an aboriginal tribe in Dharug.

Join us!

Follow us through this blog as we write to you with our unique experiences and variety of emotions and feelings as we experience them.  And write back to us with your comments and questions.

Australia, here we come!

22 Responses to “About”

  1. Ross Jungers Says:

    This sounds like an awesome trip. Have a great time!

  2. Paul Jackson Says:

    ES Aussie 2010 folks:

    I know that you will all have a wonderful time learning and doing in the land down under. Enjoy the ride! Say “G’day” to Enid, Harry and Rob – they will become dear friends and are great teachers.

    Best wishes for safe travels.

    Paul

  3. Nancy Says:

    Ummmm, ages 18 to 35? I think you need to expand a little, say maybe to 42?
    Ha! Have a great time, you all.

  4. APR Says:

    Nathan……. we are going to miss you so much. Have a great trip, and let us know about all the exciting adventures that you’ve enjoyed. Best wishes and safe travels…..

  5. Torrey Asp (Stu's Aunties) Says:

    This sounds like a fantastic trip and I hope you all have a GREAT time discovering that part of our world. Thanks for doing this blog so we can follow along.

  6. Bonnie Young Says:

    Wow- We’re jealous that we’re not going too. The best anyone could manage when we went to college was going to Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Enjoy your awesome experience!

  7. Michael Says:

    have a good trip. Furthermore, please ask Emily Brown about the origins of the “Um Ya Ya” song.

  8. One of the Moms Says:

    Your flight will soon end and the real journey begin. Looking forward to hearing all about your experiences, and wish I could have been a stowaway.

  9. U. Dan Says:

    I was driving down Silver Lake Road today at lunchtim in New Brighton and saw Um Ya Ya on the back of an SUV and thought of my dear niece Audrey, so far away on a great adventure…and I said to myself, “um…ya…ya”

  10. Brad and Cindy (Beau's Mom & Dad) Says:

    We are writing to make sure you all know it’s Beau’s birthday on February 12th!!! I guess February 12th here is February 13th in Australia. Take good care of yourselves and have a good summer!

  11. Bridget's Mom & Dad Says:

    G’day Aussie Oles! So glad to know you’ve arrived safely Down Under! While you’re basking in sunshine & 80 degrees, we’re enjoying more snow (Dad heard up to 8″) & 25 degrees (you got out just in time)! Have a FANTASTIC semester!

  12. SUZANNE & REED HUBER Says:

    OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS ARE SENT TO ALL OF YOU ON THIS OUTSTANDING TRIP. THIS WEBSITE IS GREAT. WE WILL BE CHECKING IT OFTEN.

  13. steph and chuck mastny Says:

    oei(?) mates.So glad to hear you made it well. You should know Sunday here, we are going to get alot of snow so enjoy those sunburns!.. um..ya..ya..

  14. Mike Morris Says:

    Enjoy your trip of cultural, scientific and personal discovery. Nothing better than college travel and adventures – let this trip set the stage for a lifetime of cross-cultural learning. Looking forward to blog posts – Um ya ya!

  15. One of the Moms Says:

    YEA!! The blog works and is coming through loud and clear. Love the news from down under. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

  16. Theresa Reiter Says:

    Thanks for the blog! What an experience!

  17. Danny's Mom Says:

    Glad to hear all is going well; it seems your adventures began before you were barely off the plane! Have an incredible journey and take it all in!! And be gentle with each other….

    Will be following along through this blog. Thank you!

  18. darlene&kevin Bridget's aunt&uncle Says:

    Enjoying your blog-What an adventure for all of you-absorb all you see and come back renewed and eager to share

  19. GROUCHO MARX Says:

    what happened to the communication committee?

  20. SUZANNE & REED HUBER Says:

    HELLO AGAIN TO ALL YOU ‘DOWN UNDER’ FROM ‘UP NORTH’ IN NW WI. SUN IS GETTING HIGHER IN SKY, DAYS ARE LONGER AND WARMER WITH SLOW SNOW MELT. SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER. JUST SENDING THOUGHTS TO ALL & HOPING STUDYING & PLAY ARE WORKING OUT WELL. THE HUBERS

  21. Theresa Reiter Says:

    Where’s the new news?

    1. Paul - Katie's dad Says:

      check Danny’s Ole Blog.

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