My name is Courtney Ann Hassall.
When I was 10 years old I told my family what I wanted to be when I grew up. I looked up at them and uttered my first career path. “I want to be judge”. They nodded and smiled. Then I continued with my alternative. “Or… I want to be a check out chick”. I never quite understood why the room was filled with laughter upon announcing the latter; I guess I didn’t see much of a difference between the two. But at 15 I fulfilled one of those paths.
So 11 years on, I am 21 years young and living in in the South of Sweden in the beautiful city of Malmö. Whilst here I will study Human Rights at Malmö Högskola and am completing an internship at Rosengård Stadsdelsförvaltning. In Australia, I am completing my fourth year of studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Environment (Urban and Environmental Planning) at Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland.
I have to say the thought of studying on the other side of the world had always been a thought in my mind, but had always relinquished the possibility. I mean I would miss approximately 30 family celebrations, at least 170 of mum’s home cooked meals and of course many great moments with friends.
But I have to say after 1 month and 10 days in, this exchange is the most rewarding and life changing experience. We have already made life time friendships and seen some of the most beautiful things in the world. I very much look forward to the learning’s and adventures of the next 114 days.