Summertime Standouts: Phaelan Mead

Human Development and Family Studies student explores Australia

Phaelan Mead and her colleagues pose with CSU Ram flag.

Mead (second from left) shows her Ram Pride in Australia with her colleagues abroad. 

Phaelan Mead has spent her summer abroad in Sydney, Australia, capitalizing on CSU’s unique programs that allow students to participate in internships abroad, and not just taking classes. Mead is majoring in human development and family studies with a pre-health concentration and was working with a company, Me&My Wellness.

In Sydney, Mead has used every second to create incredible memories and chase amazing experiences. Whether in Fort Collins or on the other side of the world, Mead loves to spend time enjoying the outdoors. Sydney has revealed many hidden gems, allowing her to be outside enjoying the amazing spaces Australia has to offer.

“While studying abroad in a new country, I have found it is so important to continue doing things that I love,” Mead said.

A highlight of her trip was her visit to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, best known as the world’s largest coral reef system. She spent an entire day on the water and snorkeled with classmates at two separate reefs in the area. Mead also plans to travel to Perth, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands before heading back to the U.S.

Phaelan Mead and Wellness Specialist Anthony Hartcher with me&my wellness poster.
Phaelan Mead feeds a kangaroo.

While in Australia, Mead got to work directly with Me&My Wellness Specialist Anthony Hartcher, and also got to explore sights in Sydney. 

Experiential wellness learning

Mead’s internship site, Me&My Wellness, specializes in creating a personal health and wellness experience, and helps residents attain the happiest and healthiest version of themselves. Mead’s internship focuses on how health is completely unique to the individual, and provides her with an experiential learning environment focused on how to develop a wellness system that can be completely tailored.

“Studying abroad through CSU is one of the many amazing opportunities you have as a Ram, and if you ever get the chance to embark on such a journey, it is something you will never forget,” said Mead.

She added that some of the best parts of the trip included living with an incredible host family, eating amazing food, making lifelong friends, and seeing a new part of the world. After graduating from CSU, Mead plans to attend a Master of Physician Assistant program.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.

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