My exchange experience was one of the best things I’ve done during my time at Ryerson. The studio class I took at RMIT focused on sustainability and change within the industry, giving me a new way of looking at fashion and a surge of ideas going into my fourth year collection. The school in Melbourne operated very differently than Ryerson; technical abilities were almost meaningless and ideas and process meant everything. At times, it felt like being in art school. This change put me totally out of my comfort zone, forcing me to work in new ways. Along with a vastly different way of learning, the travel and exploration I did in Australia fed me constant inspiration. It would be impossible to run into a creative block while hiking up a mountain or scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. On exchange, I learned to say yes to everything… a piece of advice that I was given at orientation. I would advise other students heading to Australia to get on a plane as early as possible. Classes at RMIT don’t start until March. But, once in school, time for being a tourist and seeing Australia is limited, so go early and make the most of it!