Jillayne Adamyk ’16 Trades Simmons for Sydney

August 27, 2015

Jillayne Adamyk

We talk to Kotzen Scholar Jillayne Adamyk about her Fall semester in Australia

The last time Jillayne Adamyk ’16 was in Australia, she was told she was too small to hold a koala bear.

Adamyk will have another chance when she trades Simmons for Sydney this Fall, where she will spend the semester abroad taking classes and completing a physical therapy internship through the CAPA program.

Adamyk is currently earning a BS in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. Although many of her friends have started the accelerated BS in Exercise Science/Physical Therapy Doctoral program as juniors, Adamyk wasn’t sure if the PT program was right for her.

“I couldn’t really see myself in [the PT program] quite yet…so I decided to take the extra year and explore a little more,” Adamyk said. “Quite a few [previous CAPA students] have connected in a physical therapy office and had that hands-on experience with patients, which is really unique. You can’t do that in the United States until you’re pretty far into the [doctoral] program.” 

Adamyk will be interning at Five Dock Physiotherapy, where she hopes that working directly with patients in Australia will help her decide if it’s the right career path for her.

Adamyk has also been making her own bucket list of things she’d like to do and explore while she’s in Syndey, including skydiving, surfing and exploring the harbors. She’s also excited to live and work with people from all over the world.

“I’ve really only worked in Boston and Massachusetts in general, so I’m really excited to get in a new environment…Sydney is a global city and there’s so many different people there.”

As a merit-based Kotzen Scholar, Adamyk receives full tuition and an annual stipend for research or study abroad programs.

“[The Kotzen Scholarship] definitely gives me more freedom to explore,” Adamyk said. “Financial aid, study abroad and Dean White were all very helpful. They want you to go out and see the world.”

That’s not to say that she’s not going to miss her friends, family and Simmons community back home.

“I’m definitely scared about the time difference and connecting with friends and family,” Adamyk said as she thought about trying to reach people on the telephone.

“I think my biggest concern about going might be my fear of missing out on my Fall [semester of] senior year. A lot of my friends are on the soccer team, it’s their last season and I’ll miss their Senior Night.”

Still, there is that koala bear.

You can follow Adamyk’s Sydney adventure at Simmie in Syndey.