Student Reflections – Jessie Sarff

Greetings from Australia!

We arrived in Sydney on Saturday morning around 8:00am and it feels like we have been moving non-stop ever since! We’ve done a lot of awesome things, and it’s only Tuesday afternoon. As soon as we threw our suitcases in the hostel, I put some baby powder in my hair to look at least semi-presentable to the outside world after 19 hours on a plane, and then Melissa & I took the ferry to the Taronga Zoo. We saw Tasmanian Devils, Wallabies, Kangaroos, and most importantly, a TON of Koalas. It was so thrilling that a few of us are going to a “Koala Breakfast” on Sunday before hopping back on a plane to the United States.

As for the (legal) educational side of things, yesterday we got to meet with several representatives at the United States Consulate; members of the DSS, FBI, NCIS, and IRS. Each seemed to love the jobs they are doing for our country from here in Australia, and they were able to educate us about some of the problems the United States deals with on the International level. Today, we met with Rob Locke of the global professional services organization, Ernst & Young to talk about their work with fraud in Australia and throughout the world. He had some great stories and techniques about his line of work that he shared with us, while at the same time educating us on the necessity of global accounting firms. Going in, the accounting side of things was something I wasn’t really very interested in, but he managed to spark some interest in our meeting, and I especially enjoyed learning about how closely they work with attorneys in their day-to-day affairs.

Well, I’m sure there is so much more that I could ramble on about, but it’s time to get ready for the opera! 5 students and Professor Dervan’s wife will be attending the Sydney Opera House’s production of La bohème tonight. I’m sure there will be more to tell everyone about that later!

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