LSU student spends semester in Sydney
Studying was the main focus of Taylor Haynie’s semester in Sydney, Australia, but
and skydiving were satisfying diversions.
Taylor Haynie, a junior in the LSU College of Agriculture spent a semester in at the
University of Sydney in Australia. Photo provided by Taylor Haynie
Haynie, a junior in the LSU College of Agriculture, spent five months during the fall
semester at the University of Sydney as part of an exchange program – she paid LSU
tuition and earned 14 hours of credit.
Haynie, who is studying animal sciences, said she chose Sydney because she wanted
to go somewhere she had never been before, could enjoy the outdoors and speak the
“There is something for everyone in Sydney,” Haynie said. “There is city life, with
so many cafes and great museums and so many outdoor activities.”
The Baton Rouge native said she became quite the surfer in Sydney, spending a lot
of free time at the beach.
“They have so many amazing beaches, and with the train system, they were easy to
access,” Haynie said.
Haynie didn’t let all the surfing distract from her studies. While there, she took
classes in animal science, Australian History, history of the Renaissance and sports
She said was impressed by the beauty of the University of Sydney, which she described
as Hogwarts, from “Harry Potter.”
Haynie said the classes were more laid back in Sydney than at LSU, and class attendance
wasn’t required. Every class at the university is recorded, so she had the option
to watch the lectures at another time. But Haynie said she preferred attending in
She also said she liked the required tutorial session held once a week for each class,
which helped reinforce what she was learning.
At the end of the semester, she didn’t receive grades but rather pass/fail – all passes
in her case.
While at university, Haynie interned at the veterinary school. She worked in the lab
analyzing blood samples.
“I really enjoyed the work, and I’m thinking of research instead of becoming a vet,”
Haynie also liked the many student organization at the University of Sydney – she
joined the surfing club and the chocolate club.
Haynie said the experience exposed her to more than just Australian culture because
of the diverse population at the school and in Sydney.
“I had friends who were French, British, Indian,” Haynie said. “I learned to cook
Indian food and made bread pudding for some of my friends.”
Haynie’s travels also expanded beyond Australia. She visited Fiji and New Zealand
during a visit from her parents and she traveled to Bali, Indonesia with friends.
“It was so amazing,” she said.
Haynie’s mother, Stacia Haynie, is the Dean of the LSU College of Humanities and Social
Sciences. She supported her daughter in this endeavor because of the rich experience
she would receive. “Her father and I wanted Taylor to further her academic experience,
and gain independence and confidence by navigating new waters, which she literally
did in this case.”
Haynie is back in Baton Rouge now, but she is already planning to return to Australia.
“I’m going to apply to graduate school at the University of Sydney to get a Master’s
in Veterinary Public Health,” she said.
Haynie said she highly recommends studying abroad. She also said to take advantage
of every opportunity while there. “Your time there is short there,” she said. “If
you get offered to do something, do it!”