US trip opens doors for Liz
WHEN CQUniversity student Elizabeth Hamilton set off on an overseas exchange to New Mexico, she never expected to fall in love with American history.
Swapping the beach lifestyle of Bundaberg for the mountains of the southern US state, she settled into New Mexico University college life with ease.
“The campuses are small cities. I lived on campus and I could have survived the entire semester without leaving,” she said.
It was during the exchange that Elizabeth established her newfound passion for American history.
“I was not taught American history in high school or university, so having the opportunity to learn more about a subject I love was incredible,” she said.
“My professors were all different, in approach and mannerism, but they all influenced me and spurred on my passion for history and teaching.”
The friends Elizabeth met during her exchange also had a profound effect on her.
“They shaped and enhanced my time at NMSU and that experience in turn has influenced my life in a major way,” she said.
Miss Hamilton enjoyed her New Mexico experience so much so that she hopes to relocate to Albequerque to teach high school social studies.
She will be one step closer to her long-term goal of becoming an American history professor as she hopes to undertake a Masters of Language, Literacy and Socioculture Studies at the University of New Mexico.
Despite growing up on the coast, Miss Hamilton said she was very taken with inland America.