Jen's excellent adventure
By EMMA CORNFORD
IT is one thing to learn history out of a textbook, but another to be able to see and touch what you are learning about.
For the next six months, former Grafton High student Jennifer Huxley will have that opportunity as she studies history and politics at a university in Prague.
At the moment Ms Huxley can speak only three words in Czech ? hello, goodbye and beer ? but she is not letting that stop her.
"It's an English language university I'll be going to but I have to go through a two-week intensive language course when I get there," she said.
"I can't wait. I'm a bit nervous but I can't wait to get there."
The exchange will make up half of the final year of Miss Huxley's journalism/arts degree and was organised through University of Queensland.
She also received a scholarship from the Czech university which will pay for her accommodation, an allowance and cover the costs of visiting historical sites outside Prague.
"It's going to be amazing studying history over there because you're not studying out of a book, you're actually seeing it."
Ms Huxley was about to step onto the plane and begin her adventure when she spoke with The Daily Examiner on Wednesday.
Even the prospect of freezing conditions when she touches down later this week has not fazed Ms Huxley.
"It's going to be minus 10 and snowing when I get there. That's a massive difference from 40 degrees ... but I've got enough warm clothes to see me through."